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VOL. 152 No. 8 



NEW YORK, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 1943 



PRICE 25 CENTS 




B.0.s for Ice Shows Getting Hotter; 
$5,000,000 for Tollies/ icecapades' 



'Hitting a new high, in popularity. 
Ice shows booked into the nation's 
arenas are heading (or record 
grosses, and on the basis of b o. re- 
ceipts already chalked up. are far 
beyond the coin intake registered at 
this time last year. 

Currently louring are 'Ice FolUes 
of 1944:' the Roy Shipstad show, 
which just wound up a five and a 
half week run at . the Pan-Pa- 
cific Auditorium. Los Angeles, and 
'Icecapades,' which recently closed art 
engagement at Madison Square Gar- 
den. N. Y., and is 'now playing the 
Arena, Philadelphia. Despite the off- 
season September booking into 
Madison Square Garden, the latter 
show in 19 days grossed upwards of 
$200.000. ' which was 20 "r belter than 
last year's gross. 

However. Lop interest in the ice 
shows is being 'manifested' on the 
road, particularly on the Coast, with 
both the Shipslad show and 'Ice- 
capades' headed for total season's 
grosses , estimated at $5,000:000, rep- 
resenting a $1,000,000 increase oyer 
last year. 'Ice Follies.' which opens 
at the Arena. Chicago on Friday (3). 
garnered grosses of approximately 
$90,000 a week in its L. A. engage- 
ment. Total' haul for the I,. A. run 
bettered $500,000, .largest gross ever 
hit by a show in. a single run. Final 
week's gross went to $100,000. 
Throughout its summer, engagement 
(Continued on page 3(i) 



MRS. WM. FOX BUYS UP 
PATENTS FOR POSTWAR 

Mrs. William Fox. wife of the 
founder and former head ol the Fox 
Film Corp.. is buying up patents of 
all kinds as a post-war investment, 
according to insiders. 

She has special representatives 
who contact inventors- receiving 
patent okays from ■ .Washington. 
These are published each month in 
a patents journal, together with 
specific information as to the nature 
of the. patents. 

Here's a Ripley: Charges 
Camp Shows Too Sexy? 

Washington. Nov. 

Is the type .of enlc.rlainmcnt now. 
being offered to Army camps in this 
country by live ialrnt tun bawdy 
and. raw-? 'Army Tinv.v.' a weekly 
journal circulated in the -..camps, 
thinks so in an editorial called 'Lei's 
Keep It Clean. Hollywood:' Why 
only Hollywood is selected ror. the 
rap is not made, clear but the edi- 
torial in the currenl issue comments: 

'Unfortunately, the soldiers'- use of 
the picluresque!'Armv profanity has 
been misii..erproted by many rmy 
show entertainers. Again ii ma'yrbo 
that the wide publicity given pin-up 
pictures has given an' unforltinale 
twist to the entertainers'' --thinking, as 
many have pervcVtcd id'-as that the 
(Continued on page 4!>) 



Negro Bands Getting 

Big Play on B'way 

There are more top-»o(ch Negro 
orchestras on Broadway currently 
thaiv at any previous time. Duke 
Ellington, at the Capitol, theatre for 
the past couple weeks, was joined 
last week by Louis Armstrong, who 
opened at Loew s Slate, and Lionel 
Hampton and John Kirby. Who 
opened' the same night at the Famous 
Door. Don Redman is at the Cafe 
Zanzibar. 

Count Basie replaces Armstrong in 
the -lineup Friday-night 15) when he 
opens at the Lincoln hotel, N. Y.. his 
first major hotel job in the. city. 
Armstrong closes at the Slate today 
(Wed.). 






Yank Tempo Sets Post- War 
Pattern for Legit and 
Vaude Producers Who 
Find British Public 'Likes 
'Em Hot' 



U. S. TALENT FAVORED 



Overseas Press 




Cue Early Peace 

Recent discussions among mem- 1 
bcrs of the Overseas Press Club re-j 
fleet conviction among many former j 
European war .correspondents that 
the curtain Is- likely to ring down 
upon the European theatre of mili- 
tary operations in the near future. 
Several have staled that they would 
not accept assignments in the west- 
ern battle areas for the reason thai 
the conflict may soon be over. 

National magazine executives. I 
meantime. also .envisaging possibility! 
of a sudden cession of- 'hostilities! 
(pointed up over Ihc past weekend j 
by Britain's Ambassador to the U. S.. | 
Lord Halifax i. report that most of, 
the important .advertising'' agencies-.! 
are not prepared with, any 'peace', 
copy. As a result a sudden drop in; 
national magazine advertising is ar.-j 
ticipaled peiidin ' readjustment of i 
schedules. 

It is reported, however, that some- 
agencies have been preparing ■ copy j 
to lake care of a .transition from- 
war lo peacetime advertising. 



The theatre in Great Britain in re- 
cent months has been going through 
a period of : transition out of which 
is emerging an Anglo-American 
flavor that's Keyed in tenipo and ap- 
peal to Broadway and Yank audi- 
ence. U. S. showmen, reluming 
from England either as performers, 
as administrators in guiding USO- 
Camp Shows activities at British 
bases, of-in other show biz capacities 
allied with the war- effort, report it 
as the first clear evidence of the 
manner in which the British .theatre 
pattern is shaping up for the post- 
war era. 

It's a pattern, they report, in which 
(he American influenceand approach 
to show biz methods has already left 
its - deep imprint. TJiey see. too, in 
(Continued on page 3(i) 



Hold That Thirst 

Liquor retail stores in New York| 
and nationally are no longer/remain-; 
ing open, all evening for that stray' 
drunk in the night. A 7 p.nl; shut 1 
down is the rule, a.- a means lo con 
serve booze stocks. 

The film bunch around ■ Gotham. ! 
incidentally, is • starting-' to worry : 
plenty about Xmas booze, finding! 
that their visual: multiple -caseloads, 
can't be (11 led. which means that the' 
pres.-.. vendors, etc.. who usually' 
receive wet goods for Die holidays.! 
may be a bit dry this .-i-mc-icr. I 



Juve Delinquency Spawns 
A 'Teenster Nitery in Pitt 

Pittsburgh.. Nov. 2. 

First private move locally in 
followup to Hearst papers' campaign 
against juvenile delinquency is. a 
"ieensters nite club, operated oh Sat- 
urday? only by Jack Sullivan, 
former manager Of the Tommy Car : 
l.vn band, it: i association With Brent- 
wood .Junior Women's Club, mem- 
bers of which act as chaperones. 

Admission charge of 25c is lo pay 
for rent of room and jukebox, with 
soft : drinks sold to the young cus- 
tomers at cost. It's a non-profit ven- 
ture. Sullivan and Brentwood wtimen 
donating . their, time. Former by day 
is a salesman in a downtown de- 
partment store. 

Project naturally has the enthusi- 
astic backing of 'the local Hearst 
sheet, the Sun-Telegraph, and- Mock 
,qt other neighborhoods, in addition 
•to "Brentwood, are plotting similar 
ventures." pcralion may. be; ex- 
tended to include Friday night as 
well.- 

First few. weoks'of the Teen N'igl>! 
Club drew, overflow crowds o( 
vnungsiers. 




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Pix Role as Postwar Social Force 



'Porgy' in 7T.M. Show 
At Roanoke to Meet Train 

Because there's only one train 
nightly out 'of Roanoke, Va., to 
Raleigh, 'Porgy and Bess' will play 
a dinner show on the second night 
of its two-day engagement at the 
Roanoke Academy of Music, Nov. 
16. Instead of the usual 8:45 curtain; 
the show, will begin at 7 p.m., to 
allow for a 9:30 closing and sufficient 
time for haulage so that the mid- 
night: Roanoke-to-Raleigh special can 
be met. 

It's believed to be the first time 
that a legiler has been forced into 
a supper show run because of Iran's-, 
sportation exigencies. 

'Porgy' plays Raleigh on following 
night. 



Legit Mgrs. See 
Theatres Ruined 
By Tax Boost 

Managers envision virtual ruina- 
tion of the theatre if the 30% tax is 
placed on admissions, as was planned 
by the House Ways and Means com- 
mittee. Original proposal for the 
high impost was modified during the 
committeels deliberations. then 
placed back -again with the rcsiill 
that a managerial delegation again 
visited Washington lale last week, 
with evident success, it being an- 
nounced Tuesday <2i that the' admis- 
sion levy was dropped lo 20"», or 
double the present-lake. 

Admission laxes have been saddled 
upon' show business since the last 
war. the present I0V nick having 
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t A cycle of films lo be patterned on 
Vie theme of 'The Four Freedoms,', 
and which is regarded as the lead- 
off gesture in an ambitious program 
mapped by the industry to project 
itself into the postwar picture is 
now in process of formulation.. Setup 
would be an important force in the 
social and economic reconstruction 
that will come with peace. 

Tied in 'with the program is a 
move by the studios, to establish 
shorts in the post-war era as a new 
and vital medium as the .industry's 
contribution in helping to solve the 
manifold readjustment'' problems. 
Some of the industry toppers express 
themselves as so enthused over the 
-potentialities' of shorls.that this type 
of ..film- looms-, lo them as portending 
an era that may well spell the doom 
of double features. As one film 
topper put it: 'The close of the war 
will bring sober and receptive audi- 
ences Into the theatre, and because 
the shorts will deal with topics up- 
permost in their minds and vital to 
eveiy-day living, they'll become an 
integral part of picture fare. And 
when you consider that the 10,000.- 
000 servicemen who will return 'to 
civilian life will have already been ■ 
introduced through Army orienta- 
tion pictures to this simple but seri- 
ous and expressive subject presenta- 
tion, it's understandable that the 
post-war. reflective shorts will have. 
(Continued on page 4G> 



WHITEMAN-DINAH-BING 
CONCERTS TO PLUG FUND 

Scries of gala concerts fealuring 
Paul White-man. in ah Shore and 
: Bing Crosby being planned by Abe' 
[ Laslfogcl of L'SO Camp Shows, pro- 
ceeds to go l.i the National War 
Fund. Concerts- would be given 
throughout the country, at four or 
five key cities, probably between 
Nov. 20 and Dec. 1. . 

Lastfogcl, now on the Coa.-.t 
making arrangements for the trio. 



SHERMAN WAS RIGHT ! 

Modistes to ' the swank set. who 
■ have been stymied through inability 
to get former imported fabrics due 
Id the war. are eyeing show biz cos- 
im:::ng as a lucrative held to keep 
establishments running until post- 
war. 




MISCELLANY 



yARIETY 



Wedacsday, November 3, 1913 




■ X'SQ-Camp Shows execs,,; answer-* 
;ng criticism of ineffectual '.opera l ion -. 
i- 1 its program.- at North African and, 
Mediterranean bases, last week cited 
Yhc impossibility of making .'any 
radical changes in its overseas setup, 
contending (bat 'die military phases 
of . ration come |iisl--ihc test is 
secondary and must not interfere ' 

■ Stars returning from ■ the North; 
African aiid Sicilian, war zones claim j 
that the USO-CSI. OA-eiseas .pi o^i ani I 
suffers because under ' - present I 
fipi ration not nearly enough; of . the' .' 
Yank fighters .are being reached; 
that frequently they come to a base 

'■where their arrival has been en- 
tirely unheralded, hence no prepa- 
rations were, made to ill low. for a 
maximum . turnout, and r lhat. frc- 
uonlly they find themselves' play ing 
a mere f c \v ' hundred . after being . 
notified in advance of audiences 
.numbering several thousand. 

Camp -Shows execs maintain Owl 
any such criticism 'is premature, 
prompted by a • lack of knowledge 
that , doesn't take into, consideration 
the military phases of the wars con- 
duct at the bases. .'.specified. Thoy 
argue that; unlike the situation that 
obtains in ngjand. Where it:s pos- 
sible to maintain a regular circuit 
of camp shows and reach the an- 
ticipated soldier audiences; the cam- 
paign in the Mediterranean -war zone 
pr ovides for a succession^ of secret 
maneuvers and constant shifting of 
troops that, obviously doesn't take 
into consideration a performers hurt 
feeling when, in anticipation of an 
audience of 20.000. he finds upon 
■arrival only 500 are there. •■ because 
'1he others at the last minute have 
been, ordered into combat. 'Such 
movements. are secret; none but the 
top command knows of the opera-.- 
lion-, so why. should they pass on the 
"word in advance to special, services 
w .USO entertainer,? It's ' pointed 
out. ' 

'Furthermore, when a -star or any 
VSO troupe' is skedded to make an 
appearance, a cable is sent ahead. 
Frequently, -.there's a bottleneck on 
such messages, . particularly, s-ince 
more vital cables pertaining to troop 
'Operations are given priority. Hence 
it's understandable . why the per 
formers arrive at their next stop be 
• fore their message; and are un- 
heralded. "These' art the things that 
must be considered in attempting to 
develop our Overseas program; * And 
these are. the things- that don't ap- 
pear: on the '/surface and. I.eaVe' the 
. -entertainers confused and bairled 
'. The .fact remains CSI-is endeavoring 
in every possible way to carry out 
the . program with maximum effi 
eiency.' 



Another N Y. Nitery Prop. 
Into Legit Production 

Another New York nilery ; owner, 
Dave Wolpcr:of tire Hurricane, joins 
Billy Rose and Lou Walters as Broad- 
way • producers:. 'Wo! per. . who has 
.financial hacking in .'Early to Bed,' 
bought the option oiv Bud Pearson 
and- I.cs White's Too Hot for, Man-; 
euvciV. last week, and is currently 
hioking , ;a director. Production 
will toe '-staged with Harry Del'mar, 
production manager Of USO Camp 
Shows. 

Wplpcr will' be assisted by Phil 
Waxman. .lawyer- who just resigned 
fn.mASCAl's legal dept. 





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, Hollywood. Nov. 
The' BU>e> bad boy is kicking Hp 
his heels ." again. .. Not content with 
feuding with the-. big studios and 
makihg faces at ; its .: stars, James 
Marion Fidler has -tweaked the nose 
of his network bosses here on the 
Coast. ' ; 
•Week ago Sunday, on his under-! 
arm deodorant broadcast, the Blue's 
script-scanner.: Dorothy Brown, de- 
tected something about Belle liavis 
that' seemed to her in bad taste.. As 
• (Continued on page .46) 



71*t WKEK! 

KEN MURRAY'S 

"BLACKOUTS OF 
El Capilan. theatre! Holly wood. Call 

•"iVtiiiv iM- are all enpigeil in tlw> 
la-ilil aiVii sOfiiut's Vius.iness' of. It Uli I -' 
ing' a war tli"ii- Is ureal in-ed for 
i-mci l.-ilnni- nl and 'laughs.'- IP helps 
us jo i-i'lax a ml relii-vi's ilio wartime 
iiu nlal U'lisUiii. HlacUmiiy -'.dc-H? 
n il cly Si rvcs thai : |n)rpns<\ a nd has 
inailt-.a valiialilv (•niilriliiitinir toward 
niainiaiiiiii.it :liiuh niotale ' siinoiiK 
rivlliaji anil military pirisiMinrl in 
this i-iiiniiinnliy." 

FLETCHER BOWRON, 
Mayor of Los Angeles. 



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I THE BERLE-ESG POINT 

By Milton Berle 



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Weiit to Baltimore this week for a look at 'I'll Take the High Road.' vlie 
play OilTord Haymdn and myself arc producing. The reason we opened ■■' 
it iii "Baltimore is that if it needs any doctoring, we can always i-u'sh if iq 
■Johns Hopkins, 

We're not worried about I lie script at all. / Mike Todd promised to lend, 
us Gypsy Rose L*>e for - additional dialog. 1 

My brother (the one who writes airmail letters on fly paper i came a'.ong. 
We had a hard jobcoiiv'tncing him' that; Til- Take the .High oad' 'was not 
a play about the CatsUill mountains. 

Of course, all this -Jin's iiiijirorcd 'ft' 1/ standing tcith. flic SIiiiIjciIs. 
■ Have to remOre my slioes when / enter l Jie.ir office. 

Being a producci is wonderful. Who knows'. 1 . May 
name a part of Broadway after mc. Won't it look good: * 
My problem, Mr. iidioiiy, 
' Is' one ton .('(i n'l ioiiorc. : 
hi the moriiiiip / tliiiik o/ f lie clcrcr 
I si\oultl linrc .'shi'cJ (liC: iiig'it be/oic; 

I. undersiand that the girls in the /Fpliies' are willing to settle for • 
mink, sable or any reasonable Xox.-imile. , , . : 

With the rising cost of food, it's hard to say which tomatoes, are 
expensive'.' ■',,.' 

Now that' dimoiit has "been, lifted, the -wolves outsi 
again' be allowed to have a gleam in their eyes: .' 

Or is the bootblack said when he looked at his time schedule, '' 
be my shining hour.' 



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DANNY KAYE4F, ASKS 
TO ENTERTAIN OVERSEAS 

After missing shows for three days 
at the Roxy. N. Y., where he is cur-, 
rently headlining, Daiiny Kaye was 
adjudged 4F Monday night (IV after 
a: thorough overhauling, at. Gover- 
nor's Island, N. Y. He was but of the 
Roxy Saturday, Sunday and Mon- 
day but returned for his Tuesday 
shows. He went to the isle from the 



Ritz Bros. Get Equal 
Billing With Pic At N. Y. 
Roxy, Plus $8,500 Wkly. 

. oxy, N. ., . has ' set the ' Rilz 
Brollvers for . show starling Nov.- 17. 
They will eoino jii on lop of the 'Cafe 
Society' unit .previqusly.sei, but with- 
out Hazel Scott, who must fulfill prior 
commitment with the N.. Y. Para- 
moulit.- t,atter look the Hazel Scott 
matter to Petrillo. inasmuch as she 
is a irienib.er of tlie AFM,' and Pe- 
trillo nixed the Roxy deal. 

Ritzs' deal is unique iii: view of its 
tcrnis. Contract not- , only calls for 
$8,500 per week, but gives the Ritz 
boys 80? ; of the stage shqw billing 
and equal billing with the deluxer's 
film,'' tiadalcanai iary" i20th). 



BEN BERN1E ESTATE 
ESTIMATED AT $500,000 

Estate' ot Ben Beriiie. who died in 
Beverly. Hills. Oct. 20. will approxi- 
mate $500,000, that sum including a 
life, insurance policy for $250,000! 
The beneficiaries include his widow 
Dorothy tWes) Bejiu'e. Mrs. Rose 
Harris. Roblein. the ole maestro's 
first wife, son -Jason (in the Army), 
his brothels. 11 '.nan. -JefT aiid 
Dave, also fiye sisters. Estate also 
includes annuities. \ one of which 
would have assured the immensely 
popular aetor, radio humorist and 
bandsman $21,000 annually; . 

Impressive funeral services were t 
conducted at Temple Rodclph Sho- ' 
lorn; N,.Y., last Thursday |28) which 
' wer attended by : 'prominent mem- 
bers of- the profession. Rabbi/Louis 
I. Newman . conducted, the services 
which included a eulogy by Bill 
Bi andell, ,g.m., th.e Friars. 

Widow remains in N. Y. iuitil next 
week, then returns to the- Coast, to 
close up the . Lupe Velez house in 
Bevhills she has under lease. Her- 
man Bernie, g.m.. for his famed 
. brother, leaves for' Hollywood- Fri- 
day i ft') as docs. Pvt. Jason Bernie, 
vhp is on furlough. 



N. 

thorough checkup and among, the 
salients which deferred him was a 
tongenitally bad back. Kaye is mar- 
ried to. Sylvia Fine, writer of. his ma- 
terial. ' 

As soon, as he was given 4F the 
comedian phoned Abe Lastfogcl, 
president of USO-Camp Shows, in 
Htillywqorl and requested he be sent 



A. J. BALABAN NOW 
INTO LEGIT PRODUCTION 

A. Ji Baliiban,: director general of 




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. induction center for a more I the Roxy theatre operation for 20th- 



FOx, whq has' rim. the gamut of all 
branches of show business, -from 
-pioneering picture house- prescnta^ 
lions to film productibii,. may emerge 
as a legit producer this winter. It 
will be via a setup, comprising Stella 
Uhgcr, autlibress-iicwsvconinicii.talor. 
Joan Alisoii i.who wrote tlie WB 
film, 'Casablanca') and A'lcc Temple- 
overseas immediately. .Ka've'stated" j lon - l j\ e . blind pianist-radio star who 
he'd guarantee . that- Leo Durocher, Wl " f c ^ ]{ '« composer, 
the Dodgers manager, will, accom- Balnban . brought the three, to- 
panv him and that 'between us, and I Ket,K ''' 111 whnl ."'c 'calls 'Hie most 



. P. Scluiiberg has signed Ernest Truex an Jeriy . Wayiie for his 
musical. 'Mariaiine.' and wuuld like Mary Hcal.V as the soubref . ; ; it's Deris 
Duke's -money that's behind Vincent Ypumans* Cuban musical melange. . . 
Hermes Pani. with .a sj'vOn weeks' vacation from 2Dth-I''ox. .tui ned down 
plenty of that rest ful , color. -green, to stage the dances for 'Mexican Hay- 
ride.' because he's en ioutc • to Acapulco for a ' r al' Mexican'.! hayiidc. ]. : 
J. P.' McEvoy. Dagmar Goriowsky. . Barbara Bennett. Beth Moakips. the 
Nicholas Sclicncks. George Jean Nathan,- the .Tolin. Krimskys and Howard 
and' Tail is Dielz . were cockfailed .by Ruth Sc!w\ n iii honor of her brother, 
Fred Wilcox, and lici fiiiaiice, Jolin Warburton. 

Sliort Shots : 

.. Joan Fontaine arid Brian Abeam' will soon be, sloppinc tia alonit the 
Avenue.. .Yip Harburg and Harold Arlen are pulllnj the tinishiiic tuiiehe^ . 
to their new musical, a period play of the deep south, with a 'Scarlett 
O'Hara' singing heroine. !. that machiflcent square-cut diamond Greer, 
Garsori! Is' now weaiHriif on her .glo.veless hand is her weddlup gift from 
Pansy and Nick Scliem k : . . Nedda Jlarrigan Is standing by at the I.om- 
bai dy, wailing to go overseas for USO. . . : now that A. T. Waxinan has 
found 'Isolde' in the person of Weiidy Barrie, Jie is looking for a "Tristan*, 
to play in 'What Would You, Ladies?.' Harry Madden s satire on tlie.tw* 
Wagnerian lovers. . .Stanton GrifTis has sublet his Kasl . 17th street duplex 
to Gloria Vahderbilt and !Lt:. Tat di Cicco . ..the Theatre Guild has a new 
play for Etliel Barrymorc, but-, her. characterization would be that of !a 
cook, and. Miss B.,!ll's sald, : is afraid: It Isn't glamorous enough, .according 
to most people these days, any domestic: Is the most glamorous being there 
is'! '' ' ... ' ,■; '■■ .' . '/ '■ 



ASTAIRE'S NEW DANCING long Distance Phones 



a strolling accordion player we'll 
bring entertainment to the boys any l MI,cc 
where you send us.' ... 



exciting new writing 



PARTNER, EX-ROCKETTE 

Fred. Asia ire's dancing partner in 
his new picture being readied at 
RKO will be Luciljc Hivnur. a for- 
mer Rockette al the Hadio City 
Mdsic Hall. N. Y. A product of 
Philly niteries. she \vork<'d at the' 
N." Y. World's Fair and ^it: various 
combination i spots after leaving the- Music 



DeSyl va. ■ row.n & Hcndci'- 
| son.' And whether or not he will be 
, , . . the formal presenter of their first 

It has long been Kaye s anibiUon musical comedy, tentatively titled 

Tea Tray in the Sky.' he will direct 
iheir business .'deslinic's. 

Tcmpleloir has cancelled his con- 
cert bookings to concenlrale 'on. (he- 
show, and both Miss Ungcr and Miss 
Alison, who have, been on (he Para- 
mount and WB lots, have likewise 
eschewed contract commitments to 
be free for the stage writing chore. 



to go. offshore to entertain U. S. and 
Allied troops abroad, but his -uncer- 
tain draft status stymied that.. 

Waller Niels'on, trick cyclist, filled 
in Kaye's time on the Roxy bill and 
will perform a like service for Beat- 
rice 'Kay who! left the show yester- 
day i2> because of prior conimit- 
meiits. 



Hall. 

She's been in Hollywood several 
months. 



Todd Heads Friars 

. Michael Todd is the new Abbott 
of the Friars, succeeding. ..the'-' late 
Ben. Bernie. Ho was nominated about 
four weeks ago, bejng-namod unani- 
mously prior to Bcrnie's passing and 
was inducted last week without an- 
nouncement/ Lou Wallers was 
elected Dean and J. C. Flippen re- 
elected. 'Prior. 

New directors' named for two 
years: Harry Delf. George Kelly, 
Ken Kling. Michael Myerbcr . liv- 
ing Tishman. 



First Test in H'wood Cartoonery 



Hollywood, Nov, .2. ♦ 
A femme employee at the Leon 
Schlc'singer studio, who was .dis- 
charged to make room for a return- 
ing soldier, has been' ordered rein-.; 
slated by the U..S. Conciliation Serv- 
ice on an appeal for a decision 
lodged ' by the Screen Cartoonists 
Guild. The decision, awarded the 
girl full pay for the week'she did! 
not work following her discharge. 

The verdict will be of great im- 
portance, -in other communities when 
the Hood of ' returning servicemen 
start calling !nround at their . former 
places of employment to be put back 
to work. Cartoonists took the -stand 
they were glad to see the soldier' 
back on his old job but declared the 
girl should be kept on the payroll 
even in a lower classification where 
a job is! open. The decision was 
handed down by U. S. Commissioner 
Livingston. 



MCA Buys Into First 
Legiter, Saroyan's 'Man' 

Music Corp. of America is now a 
show backer, reportedly -having put 
up $10,000 for a , iece of George 
Aboot's 'Get Away' Old Man,' the 
William Saroyan play.' Thfs-. is the 
chunk which became available when 
Billy Rose bowed out. . 
■ MCA, which agents Frank Sinatra, 
was thrown together . w ith Abbott 
when dickering "Umpire's Daugh- 
ter.' with Sinatra starred, tacit - that 
fell through, 

.- The . agency - and J. C. Stein, its 
pre/, has long been financially in- 
terested in Rftd and other film 
'packages' as. co-investor and finan- 
cier, -but this is I'epoilcdiy a first in 
legit (jacking. '. ' . 



Gladys George Revives 
?. A.' in Frisco Breakin 

Hollywoi .1. .Nov. . 
Gladys. George is reluming to the 
stage in her former success. 'Per-, 
sonal Appearance;' bpeiiiiu; in Frisco 
with Lyie Talbot in the press agent 
role. 

Another play being readied for 
Fr isco: break-in . is J ack Liiider's pro- 
duction of 'Lady Chatlcily's Lover.' 



Irving Berlin's Personal 
Click With Britishers 

London. Nov! . 

Irving Berlin.', who siifce his ar- 
rival here last week, has been get- 
ting as much publicity for his forth- 
coming 'This Is the: Army' produc- 
tion as any distinguished War-time, 
.-visitor to these shores, hits notified 
USO that he won't accept, 'a single 
-penny' for., personal expenses in- 
volved in the tour. ; • •• 

■Beri in's generous gesture liiis won 
widespread attention and since' liis 
arrival he's been feted as no oilier 
distinguished personage in a long 
lime. He 's^being continually! inter-, 
viewed and photographed. When 
t lie. AssjiY of! American Correspond- 
ents in London tossed him a cocktail- 
party Saturday (.10 1, erliii was 
emotionally alTeclcd by the signal 
honor. The scribes got him to a 
piano, where he played and sang. all 
of his famous melodies, ncluding 
the 'Army' tunes, in which c\crybody 
joined. 



Exclusively for Service 
Men in Times Sq. Area 

In a move designed to expedite 
service for . the thousands of men in 
uniform- who , gravitate into the" 
Broadway sector and are anxious to 
make every mintite count, the N. Y, 
Telephone Co. is installing a Times 
Square long-distance exchange, for 
the exclusive use of the servicemen 
puttfng in calls to . their families; 
The exchange, to be. located at 43d 
and Broadway, with .combined rest- 
room, facilities. Ptc. opens on Saliir- ■ 
dav (6) 'with the coin pa ny selecting 
hand-picked -^operators, (or the job;- 
,slx.-of 'Whom .will always be on duly. 

Exchange is similar, though much 
larger, to (he one.-; already set up at 
Grand Central and : Pcnnsy stations 
in N. Y.. .with all calls to be chan- 
neled through private long-distance 
lines to. prevent any ticup in service. 

Previously Ihb-'-'Uu.iformc'd- boys, in 
tile Times Sq, area were compelled 
to wait .their. /turns-iil phoiic booths 
or hike over to the two servicemen's 
exchanges at. the. r. -. depots. ! 



fields' New lullaby' 
Bpf fed By Brown-Out 

Benny Fields, who': opens tomor- 
row. (Thur.O morning, at Loews. 
State, N. Yvpaid for. a» new arrange- . 
ment-last week of 'Lullaby road- 
way,' to use in. the show. It was! his 
idea tb'^cw.ord the lyric of. »' ( 
which- is- 'alhiosl ^standard material- 
with him,' to take into account the 
dimout and its .clVecl oiv the .-H eel'' 
normal brilliance. 

Day following the delivery of the 
material the Army annoiilict (i that 
the east coast d!moul regulalionl 
would be lifted as. of this past Mon- 
day (1); 



Wednesday, November 3, 1943 



PICTURES t 




Aid for 4th War Loan Drive in Jan. 



Washington, Nov. 2. ♦ 
reasiiiy. readying tor, the Fourth 
War Lou n rive to. open some time 
in January, looks to show biz- for 
moro of the same 'and more of it.' 

lads are now being formulated and 
should be in shape for some kind of 
announcement to the radio and .film 
industries, within the next couple of. 
weeks. 

Ted Gamble, director of the War 
inance Division, will handle the 
6 how again and reports here are that 

•efforts will be made, to borrow 
Loews- Oscar Doob once more : to 
handle the dim industry. 
Meantime. Gamble's office broke 

• loose, a survey today of estimated 
free advertising and publicity time 
and space from radio, newspapers. 

..''magazines: outdoor advertising and 
'other media, setting the dollar value 
al $30,000,000. It was. explained it 
was impossible to figure in dollars 
the contribution of pictures. 

Tentative figure set radio's con- 
tribution at $12,000,000, made up of 
3i3B2 hours of time and 200.000 .'an- 
nouncement*: This based on a study 
made by -NAB. '"■'." 

This compared with an' estimated 
dollar value of $7,000,000 for the 
Second War Loan; Estimated adver- 
tising lineage for newspapers this 
time was . double , that of the. Second 
■'War-Loan.- Value of the lineage was 
set- at $8,639,540 by the Advertising 
Checkihg Bureau .of New York, in 
contrast with $4;5G4.000 in the Sec- 
ond loan'. Value of free- newspaper 
publicity was $12,207,555, according 
to- the Treasury, as against $5:287,000 
In the Second Drive. •"' 
• 'In the outdoor advertising indus- 
try.' said Treasury, 'a total of 220,000 
poster panels and painted bullelings 
in more Dian 15:000 cities were given, 
to the Treasury- Department in the 
Third . War Loan, "at an estimated 

.; value of $1,600,000. • -■ 

'During the Third Loan, 235 gen- 
eral magazines donated ads valued 
at $1,125,000; 530 business magazines 
donated war bond space valued at 
' (Continued on page I'd) 



PICKFORD WANTS NO 
MISS0UTS ON 'MISS' 

Mary Pick ford's deal for 'Junior 
Miss.' involving highest offer on rec- 
ord for. the film, rights to a play, 
which was reported, set earlier this 
Reason, has been stymied temporarily 
as a result of certain protective 
stipulations in thfe proposed contract 
which, the United Artists owner- 
member has been asking for. At- 
torneys 'representing Miss Pickord 
and the Jcrcnne '■' . Chodorov-Joseph 
Fields-Max Gordon interests, have 
been trying to iron but the single 
obstacle in the way of completing 
the deal, with the former reported 
unwilling to agree unless a satisfac- 
tory alternative is presented.- 

Miss Picktord offered either (1) 
$410,000 . outright for the, film nights 
to 'Miss;' or (2) . a payment of $355,- 
000, plus 35% of the net profits, the 
screen version' not to be released be- 
fore June 1944. Neither the price 
nor the release date are at issue. 



Red Cross Pic 1st For 
New H' wood Producer 

Sacramento. 
- Would Pictures, Inc., a producing 
company, filed papers here with Will- 
iam Foch as president. irst: picture 
'ill .be 'Lady in Gray,' a musical 
- to be produced by Luis Alvarez in 
cooperation with the American Red 
Cross. 

Foch was 'a producer arid director, 
with UFA in Berlin before the war. 
Alvarez, once associated With Mary 
Picktord and Douglas Fairbanks, has 
recently been producing for Albatros 
Films in Buenos Aires and Inter- 
American Cinemas in Mexico. Com- 
'pany is arranging, for a major re- 
lease outlet. 



'MertoiT Back on Shelf 

Hollywood. Nov.. 2. 
Something went.- wrong with the 
idea of redlining 'Merton • of the 
Movies.' a high grosser when Holly- 
wood was in its adolescence. 

Story. diiMed off and re-poiished 
for production by Waller MacEwen 
al Paramount, has been. laid back, on 
the shelf, Indefinitely. 




David C". Selznick reportedly plans 
to produce 'Since You Went Away' 
as a three and one-half to four-hour 
saga In the 'Gone With the Wind' 
idiom. ■ 

A budget of $2,500,000 has been set 
for the film. SeUnick's.firsf in sev- 
eral years, with indications, that, the 
final "cost will be over $3,000,000. 
Sclv.nick. with United Artists, which 
■will release, and bankers provide the 
financing. ( ■ " . 

From .accounts, some . 40 to. -50 
mintiles of, th-. picture have already 
been completed. Selznick is pro- 
ducing, .directing'', and :scripting. 
scenario. ' credit : going to Jeffrey 
Daniels, narrjes of Selzrtlck's two 
youngsters. ". 



Exhibitor W. R. Frank 
Now Also Acting As 
Well as Film Producing 

Minneapolisi Nov. 

W. local independent 

theatre circuit owner; in from Hol- 
lywood where lie produced 'Di\ Paul 
Josef Goebbels: 'His Life and Loves,' 
says that he will continue, in film 
■producing while retaining and oper- 
ating his theatre chain. He will make 
one picture a year and his next, one, 
On which work will start shortly, 
will : be a 'musical. 'Springtime in 
Vienna'— pre-war' version. . 

Frank explains that he.lll divide his 
lime between Hollywood and Minn- 
eapolis. He has rented permanent 
offices in Hollywood at-General Serv- 
ice studios where 'Goebbels' was 
made: He says he has placed Alfred 
Zeisler, the film's director, under a 
long-time ' contract. Claudia .Drake, 
Frank's 'discovery.'; who played the 
feminine lead was inked by him to 
a term pad. 

Although all hi-; previous film ex- 
perience had been as an independent 
state-right .distributor and exhibitor 
up .to. the time he dabbled in the pro- 
duction of 'All That Mpney Can.B.uy,' 
'Syncopation' and .. 'Martin Eden,' 
Frank, anxious al the. age of 50 to 
.take-a. whirl at screen acting, decided 
to play . a small role in 'Goebbels.' 
His part comprised 12 lines, but he 
also appears in the (rajler. doing the 
•soiling' of the' film himself. 

'G6ebbeis r is in the process Of cut- 
ting and editing, but; Frank hasn't 
wade any'. distribution' arrangements 
yet. The picture runs move than 
two hours and Frank, says ho'.l)' prob- 
ably roadshow it. 



1 7- YEAR-OLD MEXICAN 
KID SLUGS MANAGER 

; Oakland.' Nov. 2; 

Bert Callcy. manager of the Oak- 
land drplieum. was severely beaten 
by a '-17-year-old' Mexican who Was 
using abusive language to a candy 
counter girl. When Callcy inter- 
vened, boy set upon: him. Passing 
Shore PatroTto.ok.boy in charge and 
Callcy went to his office. Boy eluded- 
the S.P. and returned to the theatre, 
caught Cailey in the office and gave'' 
him a second beating before police 
were called. 

Catley has serious bruises and cuts 
arid a wrenched back, which wasn't 
helped b>* chronic ari'uiiis. 




U. S. Film Execs See Foreign Danger 
To Their Biz Several Years After War 



i|m, company execs i-epor.l ; a 
shortage of suitable vehicles for 
some of the most Important femme 
dramatic stars on the Hollywood 
studio rosters owing- ta (he few mule 
stars available, which has resulted 
In an increased number of pictures 
with women In the (op roles. While 
several pf the majors hold the big- 
gest stock of story, material In many 
years, for some It's a record inven- 
tory — arid ' there b no apparent 
dearth of musical yarns— there is. 
from accounts-, a deficiency in mate- 
rial' for a number of the outstanding 
dramatic actresses. 

Paramount is one of the studios 
where story inventory is lower than 
usual. Understood that story • prop- 
erties on hand are around 33"'- below 
last year. With a large proportion 
of Par '.'production:' in the- light yc'iri. 
however, difficulty in casting avail- 
able femme stars is not as great as 
il would be otherwise. 

' Metro and Warners are about the 
most heavily stocked companies, 
While SOIHtFox also has a large back^ 
log of material in '■ work, with some 
39 stories in preparation. Warners 
has some 48 stories completed or in 
scenario preparation, with 14 addir 
tiorial yarns scheduled to be as- 
signed. 

Metro, with oyer 50 stories in 
preparation, though representing the 
biggest backlog of material for. the 
company, .is- confronted with a story 
problem due to the large n limber of. 
femme ' stars oh the studio list— 
Greer. Garson, Katharine Hepburn. 
Irene Dunne, Hcdy Lamarr. Lana 
Turner 

Irene Dunne, for one. has been 
fortunate so far since Metro was 
able to provide her with two ve- 
hicles. 'White Cliffs of Dover' and 'A 
Guy. Named 'Joe.' Columbia also 
managed- to find a yarn for 'Miss 
Dunne— 'Road' to Yesterday.' ri the 
whole. . however, difficulty, is re- 
ported inMining up sufTicienl ma- 
terial for all the fenime stars avail- 
able to several' studios. . 

, : For the Future 

Many or the vehicles :al. various 
studios, necessarily bought far in 
advance, are not suitable for person- 
nel available under wartime condi- 
tions, despite their intrinsic values. 
Thus, thou h 20th-Fox. Warners and 
Metro seripters are working .on a 
record number of vehicles many of 
these will not go into production 
this year. 

Hundreds of story properties at the 
major studios, 'now dormant owing 
to lack of male stars, extras arid the 
high costs involved In such product 
as costume pictures, provide a re- 
serve of incalculable value to be 
used when male stars return and the 
(Continued on page 1C J 



Lewis Goes With Goetz 

. Hollywood. Nov. 2. 

David -Lewis.- ■ who recently 
sighed as producer al ■ Paramount. ■] 
moves into JnternalionarPrnduc'ii'ons ■ 
Dec. 1 in the same capacity''. .'under 
general supervision of William Gootz.. 

Before-, he . takes oyer his new 
chores. Lewis goes to New York to 
look: over the Broadway : shows to 
find possible screen material; 



'Bernadette' As Roadshow 
In N. Y., Mebbe Elsewhere 

. 'Song .Of Bernadette,' 20lh-Fox 
high-budgeter. will be roadshown. at 
least- in N. Y. and possibly else- 
where, (jnder, present plans. 

In this connection. 20th is discuss- 
ing. a deal with the Brandt circuit 
16 lake over : the Globe. N. y:. for a 
twice-daily showing of the -film there 
under its own. auspices at an early 
dale. So far no date has been dis- 
cussed, though the picture is ready, 
nor has scale been indicated, but 
likely, to be either $1.05 or $2.20 top.' 

Globe is presently, operated by 
the Brandt ros... as a Ilisl-ruii on 
continuous policy. 



Scophony s New 




'.- Revolutionary Geyclopmeht. . in 
television, making possible an .in- 
crease-. '-in number of television 
broadcasting stations by 50'.' ..Was anr 
nounced.. yesterday (Tuesday ) by 
Arthur Levey, president of the Sco- 
phony. Corp. of America. This de- 
velopment is a system utili/.in its 
new Skiatron inventions^ (if 'desired 
by regulatory 1 authorities after war 
ends), that make possible, the modifi- 
cation of present rigid tocTinological 
limitations oh number of telecasting 
stations. . - , ■ 

Along . with development. 
Scophony also was in the spotlight 
during the last 10 days: because of 
reported- negotiations by at least 
three major picture companies, to 
buy into that television organization. 
(Continued on page 16 ) - 



Labor Lack Jumps 
Film Prod. Costs 
25%; Pool Started 

Charles W. Koerner. RKO v.p, in 
charge of studio production, staled 
last week in New York: that due to 
the manpower shortages film produc- 
tion costs are up around 25%. over 
last year, largely due to an increase 
of about 25% in shooting' time, He 
said that the studio's are pooling 
technicians and special equipment, 
such as triple -projectors, in. order to 
minimize delays as far as possible. 

Rk6 studio head said that the 
company policy under present con- 
ditions is to avoid taking on new in- 
dependent producers although taking 
care of those' already in the fold. 

He staled that. RKO was not 
suffering from, lack of stars because 
the studio was using -freelancers for 
the most part. Koerner contended 
that stars could always be Had if 
they- were presented with a suf- 
ficiently attractive vehicle. 

With the 1943-44 -production sched- 
ule about completed. Koerner plans 
to start shooting the last thiee pic- 
lures on this program around Jan. 
1. At the same time he will start: 
production on the 1944-45 schedule, 
beginning with 'Light Fantastic,' a 
(Continued on page 16 > 



M. of TVs Short on Juve 
Delinquency, 1st of Kind 

March of. Time is pr'oriuci.iig a. sub- 
ject based on the juvenile delin- 
quency problem, which will, be one 
of the first of this- type to reach the 
screen. 

Governrnen! officials ijr recent 
months have, asked the film '.industry 
to help in combating the wave of 
juve -'• vandalis . attributed to war 
psycho.ii-i. -.'which • is sweeping ■ the 
country. '. . 

M.O.T. shVii-l i-i bcin ied for 

voleaM' shortly. 



UNUSUAL HONESTY ON 
THEATRE MARQUEES 

The Rialto, S:m Francisco, got iU 
picture in. the maga/inc section of the 
N; Y. Daily News. Sunday 131) be- 
cause of a >narqucc sign which rcaa: 

•Same Old "Stuff- 2 /'eolurps— One: 
Pipcrop Oiifl St'inkvrno: 

New.-, which gave the cut. three 
columns to. a depth of half a. page, 
carcicd a caption which read in ;parl. 
'Confession is good for the .boxoflU:.'.' 
Theatre, according to' N. Y. records, 
is operated by Fox-Wc.sl Coast. : - 

The' marquee is reminiscent of the 
ad taken several years ago by a in id- 
western exhibitor warning his public 
that a' current picture he had booked 
was hp good. lie packed the hou-- . 



Actual fireworks in the post- war 
foreign niarket are' 'how. not being 
aniic-ipati'd by many U. S. film com- 
pany foreign department piric.ialt 
fin- several' years after the war ends. 
Byliof of numerous foreign exocu- 
t\\Vs. in N'. Y. is that I lie really (jrava 
danger will arise-' two' to four .years 
after peace is restored, when na- 
tionalism begins to .assert itself in 
dilVorent foreign lands: 
, Immediately . after the peace is. 
■'siunaiurba. feeling is that there will 
be a terrific demand for all types of 
new sci-oen- produelions wild trip 
imiiir.es of American dislribulors 
iiauiraily gi-'.ting the bulk of play- 
dat'es bocause of 'their popiilai-iti'. 
'Afler this initial yen for fresh piod- 
m'-l is appeased aiid the need for re- 
habililatinn' calls fOi additional rev- 
enue in 'm;ihy torcign lands, rosfric- 
ti.vc nicaSiiros and increase iii fia- 
lionalislic feeling in. native IHm' cir- 
c'lcr. will briny the .cuslomary cycle 
or 'quotas: high taxes and subsidies. 
That's the belief in; American film 
.quarter*'. 

Campaign ulrcady is under way 
■in the. trade. to class film on merit 
jusl -the same as the merit pf a motor 
car is the sole subsidy in the foreign 
market. Experience thus far with . 
quotas and other restrictions has 
shown- little improvement for tha 
native .picture industries- in countries 
. (Continued on page 41 1 \ 



PARAMOUNT'S LATINS 
BACK IN MANHATTAN 

LaliiiTAmerican managers of Para- 
mount have been converging on N Y 
for huddles with. John W. Hicks' 
Jr.. foreign sales chief, to discuss 
new developments in Latin-America 
■as well as. setting sales policy on 
'For Whom the Bell Tolls.' 

S. E. 'Ted' Pierpont, company's 
manager , in Brazil, arrived in the 
U: S. Friday (29), being preceded 
several days earlier by Henry Gbr- . 
dOn t Par manager for Panama and 
Cenii-al America. John B. Nathan, 
mana ing . director for Argentina, 
Uruguay,. Paraguay and Chile, ar- 
rived in N.Y. about two weeks ago. 
Delinile date for A.. L. Pralchctf* 
arrival has not been set but ha 
likely will visit the homcoffico 
within the next 10 days. He han- 
dles South America, excepting 1 the 
countries handled by .Nathan Bnd 
Pierpoint, and other Latin -American 
countries. 



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I'cil.llsli.-rl UVikly \,y V.\H|K'J'V. Inc. 

SHI ' Sil.\'i'riuriii. I'l oHiiU-ur 
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Joe Schenck's Grippe 

Hollywood. Nov. 2. 

.foseph M. Sch.cnck.is a grippe vic- 
tim on his return from three week-: 
in Mexico City. ' 

He won't .return., to hi.i duties at 
20th-Fox for a few days. '•• 





Mo. 8 


INDEX 




Bins , . . ; 


•i V 


Chatter 


...47 


-Film Reviews ... 


. ', .. I'i 


House Reviews. ....... 


. 40 


Inside — Legit ........... 


. ... 4t 


Inside— Music : ......... 


..... 35 


Inside— Orchestras . ... 


31. 


Inside — Pictures 




ln>ido— Radio ,, 


. . 2T 


Jot Laurie. Jr... ..... 




-Legitimate. . . . . .'. 


..... 42 


I.iieral'i . . . : '.- 


. . . . 44 


■ Mu-ic . :...:..-..::..'... 


..';:'. 31... 


Nr-w Acts. . . .. .. . . .v.-. 


38 


Night' Clubs 


3G- 


-.Nitsh! ' Club RCvieiV '. ... 


. . . . . 3fi 


Obituary . 


..... 4(i 


Orchestras; . . . . . 


•> : 


Piclu'r ' 




Radio .....i,,.. 


..... 19 


Radio Reviews. . 




Vaudeville. ...... 


.... o'i 


Wiii. Activities. ... . .-'. . .-. 


,. .. . 14 



: DAILY VAICIKTY 

(I'ulillNln.d In llfillywii'id by 
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%\d a. yrai-— 112 forclRn 



PICTURES 



Wednesday, November 8, 1943 



Indie Exhibs Might Be Jammed If 
Majors Agree to End Theatre Pools 



Washington; 

The Justice Department 
reach Its decision on amendments 
to the motion picture decree case, 
'between the 15th and 20th of 
this month,' according to As- 
sistant v Attorney Gcneral Tom C. 
Clark. Me Is winding up the 
present phase of the. case with 
the big Ave companies. 

Clark will. start, intensive talks: 
-with reps- of the Independents 
next week and these sessions 
probably will stretch out for two 
weeks. Then he wllf. be ready 
to put on paper .what the Gov- 
ernment wants done. 



Wangcr, Lubin Make 
Social Disease Shortie 

■ Hollywood,- Nov. 

Waller W anger and Arthur Lubin 
slopped out pi their professional 
voles as. producer and director to 
cook up a two-reeler for , the U. S. 
Public Health Service, tilled 'To the 
People of the U ruled Stales.' 

Film \vill be 'distributed -free to the 
armed services, civic organizations, 
schools and industrial groups to help 
eliminate or control social disease.-. ' 



Cugat's Multi Chores 

■Hollywood, Nov. 2. 
Xavier Cugat is working overtime 

iin two picture jobs which he must 
I finish in lime to allow! for his New 
j -York opening, al the- Waldorf Nov. 
1 10. The rhumba merchant currently 
\ \s .working in , "Mr. Co-Ed'; and 'Two 
i Sisters and a Sailor.' 
'■ Cugat is : clue back in March to do 

two pics for Metro!:-. 



Though some producer-distributor 
chains are reported willing to con-: 
sider elimination of pooling arrange- 
ments and others among Ihe decree 
Big Five may . come along reluctant- 
ly in order to get a new consenting 
agreement, the question is raised in 
the. trade as to whether or not such 
a deal with the Department of Jus- 
tice will not cause snags due to the 
complicated nature of various pools. 

In legal quarters uncertainly is ex- 
pressed as to the stand that might be 
taken by independent . exhibitors or 
circuits who are part of pooling or 
opcrati't" agreements in various sec- 
tions' of the country. Additionally, 
pointed: out that, aside from situa- 
tions where. Indies are pooled - with 
distributor circuits, there are numer- 
ous cases where' Indies themselves 
have pools set up. If the decree com- 
panies arc to abandon all pooling or 
special operating agreements, why. 
should not indies also be divorced 
• fr>m this phase of operations, it . is 
es'rrd for the sake of argument. 

nespite the possibility that all de- 
cree distributor's might agree to 
■washing up pools as a concession to 
the D. of . J. : under decree negotia- 
tions, the question is raised as to 
Whether indie exhibs, where pooled 
with majors, can be forced out of 
existing contracts and whether or not 
the courts would be inclined to up- 
hold such contracts if complaints are 
brought. 

Some contracts are in existence 
between distribs and indies under 
■which latter operate the pools lor the 
majors, such as Si Fabian, who. has 
operating control of three downtown 
Brooklyn theatres, the Fox (his 
own), the Paramount, ownodby Par; 
and the Strand, controlled by War- 
ners. Fabian, under another pool, 
operates, lor, Paramount in Middle- 
town, N. Y. Another case where an 
indie operates for a major is Mort 
Singer,' who has old Orpheum houses 
, In the northwest. and midwest under- 
special agreements. 

Should so-called pooling and op- 
erating agreements be ruled out, 
then the United Artists theatre Gir=! 
cuit. controlled independently by Jo- 
seph M. Schenck and others, would 
be forced to organize its own operat- 
ing .md buying organization. Ex- 
ceDt for the Rivoli. N. Y., which is 
owned jointly by UA Theatre' Cir- 
cuit and Par, .'all houses are under 
operating agreements with others, 
some for long terms, these including 
Prra'mount. Lbew's, Fox-West Coast 
ond . Comerford. Abandonment of 
these. Vioeratihi? agreements would 
f irce the UATheatre Circuit Into the 
field activelv as a chain operator. So 
'far as the Riv. N. Y.. is concerned, 
George Skouras represents the UA 
owners on operations together with 
fi committee from Par. 

Prefer Pooling 

Many of the independent exhibi- 
tors whose houses are tied up un- 
der operating deal's with majors, pre- 
fer this arrangement since. they don't 
have to bother with their own oper- 
ating and also derive various bene- 
fits, particularly on buying. This 
angle, among indies has also, had 
much to do with building up book- 
ing combines. A large number of 
Indie houses are tied into the Brandt 
Bros.: circuit and might be corisid- 
: ered as pools since the hookups have 
been ' made, to enjoy the strong 
Brandt purchasing power. Even Ed 
Kuykendnll, .president of the Motion 
Picture Theatre Owners of America, 
has a handful of houses in northern 
Mississippi Which are . operated by 
' circuit partnerships of Par, these be- 
ing Snehger and Malco. 

In the Greater N. Y. and surround- 
ing territory,, two circuits that retain' 
their independence but negotiate 
many deals together, one hot buying 
unless agreeable to the other, are 
the Skouras Amusement Corp. and 
the Century circuits. 



Asks 104G Job for UA 
Services in Japan; Co. 
Sez He's Got Wrong Yen 

Argument over the ihleiiiplioiiol 
rate of exchange at of 
Pearl Harbor, in a suit involving 
United Artists and Lewis E Pcppcr- 
man,. UA!s Tokio ..exchange, repre- 
sentative before , the .war, is sched- 
uled for today (Wednesday) in New 
York supreme court, when UA atv 
torneys will enter'- a motion for. dis- 
missal of three cause of actions. 

Pepperman; who was interned by 
the Japs for a year prior to his - 
lease in a prisoner exchange, is suing 
United: Artists for $104,000. covering" 
damage to health. loss, of employ- 
ment and . further claims that he 
was under contract to UA during his. 
period of internment. 

UA attorneys say they're willing 
to make settlement if adjustments 
can be reached on a 'reasonable 
basis, but claim that Poppermah's 
demand for $105 a week as back pay 
on the basis- of 350 yen a week is 
contrary to the international rate, of 
exchange. Pepperman, currently in 
the Merchant Marine, contends UA 
owes him coin on the basis of 3Vt 
yen representing an American dollar, 
but UA argues that the rate of ex- 
change never : went . higher than 
.2350. ' It's further argued by UA 
that Pepperman' was never under 
contract, hence he's legally not en- 
titled to pay during the internment 
period despite the company's will- 
ingness to make an adjustment. 



BELL' RINGS 252 
SPOTS AT 70% 

Under contracts 'already -.negotiated 
on 'For Whom .Bell Tolls,' to be 
played .singly., and at. increased ad- 
missions for 70<;, of the gross lp 
Paramount, total of engagements 
will be brought lo 252; with this 
number lo have opened by ' the 
middle of December, according tp 
Charles M. Reagan, assistant general 
sale's manager, who is in top charge 
on 'Bell' selling:- Of the 252- total. 107 
engagements, had started as of Fri- 
day i29). 

Dales are being filled as fast as 
■prints.', can" °e supplied, Reagan 
added., Among cities so far opened, 
.'Bell' went into two houses day-and- 
date in Los Angeles and Detroit, 
while in some .situations it has al- 
ready carried over in moveovcr 
house.':. . 

• Loew's Pacts ' 
...With many deals already closed 
on 'City That Slopped Hitler,' Rus- 
sian-made which Paramount , is sell- 
ing .singly, some exchanges have 
sold as much as 40% o£«their pos^ 
sibililies in only four weeks- of ne-. 
gotiation. The independent Contracts 
total more than 2,000 to date. 

Among .circuits Signing up for 
'City' is Locw's for Ihe Greater N: Y. 
territory. Milt Kuscll, N. Y. dis- 
Irict manager for Par, and . Henry 
Randel,' branch manager, negotiated 
the contract during the past week 
with.C. C. Moskowitz, Loew'^ y.p. 
on theatre operations. 



Ed Godding to Direct 
WB's Crawford Initialer 

Hollywood, Nov. 2. 

Edmund Qbulding checked in at 
Warners to direct his own story, 
'ITev'er Goodbye,' slated as a starrer 
for Joan Crawford, her first on the 
Burbank lot 

Henry Blanke, producer, has been 
huddling with Goulding on the script. 



WB INCREASES NOV. 
RELEASES TO THREE 

Warner Bros: has increased its re- 
lease schedule' for November from 
two to three pictures, decision hav- 
ing been reached to throw 'Old Ac- 
quaintance' on the market for this 
month, with availability posted as 
Nov. 27. : 

Previously WB had planned only 
'Northern Pursuit' and 'Find the 
Blackmailer' for November, plus two 
reissues. ••'•'- 



More Action for Ev Blskin 

Hollywood, Nov. .2. 

Everett Riskin. currently' produc- 
ing 'Kismet' at Metro on a one-pic- 
ture deal, remains on tlje lot under 
a new contract. 

Following 'Kismet,' he will handle 
the . reins on 'Action in the Living 
Room.' 




JUNE PREISSER 

"HOLLYWOOD'S DYNAMIC DANCING PERSONALITY". 

Just concluded a personal appearance lour embracing the key cities 
from Omaha to Boston. 

I. want. to'. fake this opportunity to.thank f veryone-^-lhe Managers, the 
Bookers and also , the Gentlemen of the Press," who unanimously have 
been kind onoughto. say siieh nice things. All In nil. vnu're a swell bunch, 

Returning to Hollywood 'lor :i ma.inr picture lominllment 

Personal Management, DICK TERRY. ■ k 

Picture Representatives, FREDERICK BROS, 



No Product Dearth at UA From Now 
On; 13 Due Shortly, 10 More Set 



Toledo's Hallowe'en 

Parties Curb Vandals 

, 6.. Nov. 2 
Toledo theatre managers' report 
the Hallowe'en .cure for vandalism 
brought results this year.. Houses 
offered free admissions if accom- 
panied by a parent, with the follow- 
in participating: Lyric, Avalon, 
Bijou, Mystic,. East wood, Westwdodv 
and Col o n y — all neighborhood 
houses: 

Plan was iiv line wilh the city : s 
program' of sponsoring various types- 
of Hallowe'en parlies for youngsters 
to cut down vandalism. 



Census Shows 19,232 
Peace-Time Actors In 
U S., With I Working 

Washington,. Nov. 2. 
Breakdown of the normal peace- 
time labor force of the United States 
shows better than 19.000 actors. and: 
actresses, about two-thirds of them 
working, according lo figures re- 
leased last Friday (29) by the U.'S: 
Department of Commerce. 

The analysis, made from the 1940 
census, shows occupation as of the 
week In which the census, was taken, 
and covers all major lines. Listed 
for the entire country were 19.232 
who described themselves as actors. 
11,692 employed, 6,720 ''resting,' and- 
820 on Federal work projects. Of 
the total, 11.611 were men <6,93r 
Working) and 7,621. were' women, of. 
Whom 4,761 were employed: 
Other classifications included: 
Musicians and music teacher: !j61.- 
536, of whom 129,256 were active in. 
their professions, About' 60"o were 
men. 

Dancers, dancing teachers and 
chorus girls: 13,773, 11.213 of them 
working. Women predominate by 
five to one. 

! Showmen: 6,773, with 5,333 work- 
ing. Men were four to one over 
gals in this' group. 

Radio and wireless operators: ,- 
573, nearly all working, and about 
100 to one in favor . of the men.' a 
ratio which may change consider- 
ably after (he war. • 
' Advertising agents: 35.692. with 
nearly 34,000 at work, and men lead- 
ing 10 to one. 

Officials, owners and managers of 
theatres . and in the film industry: 
26,841. Over 25,000 of them were 
working, and the rneii lead nearly 25 
to one. 

Officials, owners and managers in. 
miscellaneous amusement and recre- 
ation: 44,003, of whom 42,003 were 
working. Men were 20 to one in this 
bracket. 

Motion picture projectionists: 23,- 
875, of whom 22,355 were employed. 
This bracket included 256 women. all: 
of them at work. 

Other operatives in amusement, 
recreation and kindred fields: .7,221, 
with .6,081 working^ and men about 
10 to one. • " ■ 

Attendants, ' in recreation and 
amusement jobs: 57,096, ol whom 
41,516 were working; 6,604 of the 
total were women. 

Ushers: 20,432, wilh 18.152 al 
work: Back in those days only about 
one-fifth were w'omen. ' . . 

Overall totals show 195.409 who 
listed jobs in theatres and motion 
pictures as their occupations, and of 
whom 168,129 were employed. 



♦ United Artists has overcome dearth 
'of product, which was one of. ihe 
major problems confronting the dis- 
trib organization '. during the past 
year, with 13 films scheduled to be 
readied during the next six months 
and around 10 additional pictures 
virtually set. 

UA now has four pictures either 
completed or In final editing stages 
and four slated to go before the 
cameras this month and expected to 
he . completed in January. In addi, 
lion there are five pictures on which 
financing, casting and writing ar- 
rangements have been set. Shooting 
on these Is expected -.to -..start" shortly 
after Jan. 1. Of 14 other productions 
planned, around 10 are expected 4o 
^materialize,, giving UA a minimum 
of 23 pictures. : . ' 

Among Alms either completed or 
scheduled for •completion by January 
are 'Jack London' (Bronston), 'Three 
Russian Girls' (Rabinoyltch), 'Voice ' 
in the Wind" (Ripley - Monter), 
'Knickerbocker Holiday' ^(Brown), 
'Since You Went ,Away' (Selznick),; 
'It Happened Tomorrow' i Press- 
burger ). ' ridge of San Luis Rey' 
(Bogeaus). '. 

' Paul N. Lazarus, Jr., UA publicity- 
advertising chief, returned from the ' 
Coast last Friday (29), is setting ra- 
dio-newspaper' campaigns for 'Girls, ■ 
'London,' 'Voice,; 'Bridge' arid 'Holi- 
i day.' 



Technicolor May Act On 
Dividend at Nov. 13 Meet 

Consideration -again will be given 
to a common dividend when Techni- 
color, : Inc!, directors huddle at a 
scheduled meeting Nov. 13. Aciion 
on a common stock cash divvy was 

deferred several months ago when 
the question came before the di- 
rectorate, 

While net piofii of Technicolor has 
been heavily hit by taxes igross 
earnings being at. a highly satis- 
factory rate), improvement, in earn- 
ings is anticipated this year, as com- 
pared with, 1942 when net profit de- 
clined to only 41c per share. 

Because of this, financial quariers 
believe some sort of divvy may be 
paid. The 1942 net per share con- 
trasted with $1.06 in 1941. Last 
Technicolor distribution' was in 
March, 1942, when 25c was paid. It 
was the only divvy that year. None 
has been paid in 1943. • 



Ohio's '43 Entertainment 
Bill to Hit $70,000,000; 
Taxes Yield $2,100,000 

Columbus, Nov. 2. . 
Ohioans will pay some $70,000,000 
for entertainment during 1943, ac- 
cording to an estimate by the office 
of state treasurer Don H. Ebright, 
based on admission tax. collections. 
The state has a 3% tax for commer- 
cial entertainment enterprices of all 
kinds, including Alms, sporting 
events and cover, charges in- night, 
clubs. * 

State collected $1,661,609 in admis- 
sion- levies to Oct. 1, ajjd officials 
estimated the Anal fourth. quarter of 
1943 would bring the year's total to 
some $2,100,000. This would repre- 
sent an outlay of $70,000,000 in ad- 
missions, equivalent to $10 lor every 
man, woman, and child In the state. 
Tax yielded $1,694,120 in 1940; 
$1,820,904 in 1641 ' and $1,939,868 In 
1942. 



Par Holds Back 'Creek'; 
Subs 'No Time For Love' 

Paramount has pulled. 'Morgan's 
Creek.' comedy, out of its second 
block for this season (1943-44), with 
result that picture now will go Into 
a subsequent group and probably 
hot be available until February. No 
reason advanced. '.!' 

Substituting for 'Creek* in Par's 
second package for this season will ; 
be 'No Time for Love,' which has 
been given a Nov. 23 release dale. 
This picture has been, held back un- 
til now so that it wouldn't conflict 
with 'So Proudly We Hail,' Claudette 
Colbert starring In both. 



Chi Exhib Asks AAA 

For Clearance Slice 

Chicago, Nov. 2. 
Complaint has been filed with the 
Motion Picture Tribunal of the 
American 'Arbitration. System here 
by Charles E. Nelson, operator of the 
Lawndale theatre, against RKO- 
R.adio Pictures, Inc., 20th Cehlury- 
Fox Film Corp., Loew's, Inc., Para- 
mount Pictures, InA, and Vilagraph, 
Inc. 

Nelson charges the clearance, 
granted the Central Park, a Balaban 
& Katz. house;. 20th Century and 
Gold theatres, owned by Jack Kirsch, 
president of- Allied Theatres of 
Illinois, and the Crawford theatre, 
operated by the Essaness. circuit is 
unreasonable and asks reduction of 
clearance.' 



DISNEY'S 'SALUDOS' SEQUEL 

: New Walt Disney fulWengther, 
Three ; CabaHero's,' followup to 
'Saludos Amigos,' slated for distri- 
bution around April, 1944. 

Film is using sequences in Brazil. 
Mexico, Argentina and Central 
Americai with shooting now taking 
place. 



WAR ACTIVITIES 

(On Page 14) 



Wednesday,. " November 3, 1943 



PftRIETY 



PICTURES 6 





For Reissues; M-G Unshelves 10 



VVi extra pictures thrown on* 
(lie reissue counters'just a week ago. 
indications are thai this is only the 

. beginning and that the market may 
become flooded with pictures thai 
dale back several seasons. 

Although it is selling an initial 

"lft*:4-44 block of 12 pictures, Metro 
ur'iiig the past week hopped on the 
reissue bandwagon with no less than 
10 |iix': most 6f them of comparative^ 
]y recent vintage. They include 'The 
Big ; Store- and 'Come Live With 
£le.' which were released in 1941; 
Third Finger. . Left : Hand.' 'North- 
west''. Passage; 1 ' 'Go West.' 'Flight 
Command' and 'Escape.' which ; were 
marketed in 1940. and 'Love Crazy.' 
'Billy the Kid'- and 'A Christmas 

■■Carol'.' which are older. Believed 
that the 10 reissues, wilh new prints 
ti> be run oft where necessary to All 
demands, establishes a new high. lor 
any company. Not selling the pic- 
tures same as . new featur.es. .Metro 
prefers to lag them re-releases 
rather than reissues. 7 

wool; ago. Columbia added' (wo 
ni.Yre reissues to its list for a -total 
of four so Tar. while Warners put out 
tun aiidiiionals [or a similar total; 
phis, six- ick Foran singing- west- 
erns; previously '.announced. . .-. 
Another reissue will be 'Snow 
'Into'. (Disney) which RKO plans 
makin available around the holi- 
days. 

In 'add it ion 'to. Hie reissues, an un- 
i eecdentcd number of repeat book- 
ings are comiii inlo the exchanges 
IhiYiughuul the country. 



$80,000 GETS RID OF 



IfVVVf 

Minneapolis. Nov. 2. 
lit addition to taking over the lease 

■of the -^.OOO-seal- Minnesota, the 
Paramount circuit here also .will pay- 
$R0.000 to the bankrupt company -that 
formerly'' Owned the house, in .settl'e- 
iiieiil or the $1,000,000 damage suit 
brought by' the latter against the 
chain and major iilm distributors 
charging conspiracy to deprive the 

. showhouse of screen .product. The 
rtca-l already has been accepted by 
the former arid- 'present owners of 
the .theatre; but also must have the 

■ -approval of the federal court. It is 
assumed that this approval will he 
forthcoming. 

Payment of the S80.000 was crcd 
in spilu of the fact that the circuit 
and film distributors con'sidored. the 
ami -trust action ■entirely without 

. merit." -according to John J. Fricdl. 



Dinah Among Sourdoughs 

Holly wood, Nov. 2. 
Dinah Shore draws the featured 
vocal spot in 'Belle of the Yukon.' 
first production by International 
Pictures, slated to start early in Feb- 
ruary with William Goelz producing 
and William Setter directing. ■ 
. Gypsy Rose Lee and Randolph 
Scott are cast for the top dramatic 
roles. 



RK0, N.Y., Sets 3d 






Film men are watching the. new 
RKO policy of booking package re- 
issues, for this activity may indi- 
cate a trend toward replacing. 'B 
film fare with old but strong fea- 
tures. RKO has started its third re 
-issue package through the metro-. 
po]ilan circuit, of .60 houses in Man 
hallan nd Brooklyn. This' makes 
three in a row for RKO. which pre- 
viously booked "Rains Came' and 
•Under Two Flags' out of 20th-Fox, 
aiid 'Happened One Night' and 'Lost 
Horizon.' from Columbia.' 

The ■-.third deal. .': however, was 
made With a new reissue firm. Film! 
Classics. Inc.. which supplied 'Star | 
Is Born' and 'Made for Each Other.' i 
The fact that RKO has. booked its i 
third package is reported due . to.! 
good grosses by first two. ■ | 

New policy is reversal of former) 
RKO habit- of booking 'fluffs' for 
its Tuesday-Wednesday '-.'shows. Film 
Classics, Inc.. furnished 25 prints, 
which will lake two weeks to play 
circuit: 

The RKO deal is the first big one 
swung, by Film Classics, inc. Firm 
is in business four-five, months, and 
is headed by Irvin Shapiro; formerly 
of World Pictures and Yecently an. 
independent producer with William 
Rowland and. George Hirlimam A 
second package deal wilh RKO is in 
the discussion stage. 



SMART HANDLING BY 
SAXT0N DURING FIRE 



■ Baltimore. Nov. 2. 
Fire which broke out at height of 
Sat. <30) p. m. hour at Grand Five 
and Ton store directly across Loew s 

rc- 
Tartii' 

ispules: and to avoid 'lime-Vnnsum- j b(ll w:ls or r s( >i considerably by good 
ing litigation.' he explained in » !' nand | m ,{.bv- Win. K. SaxloW.Locw-V 



'plc-idi-nt of the chain.- It \ya- dc- ' ( Cel , UM . y . nicked into the dav's i 
sued to lease the theatre -froo of all '. cci ^ foi . .fho Adyendires- or Tan 



y MORI KRUSKEX 

Film production costs this 
year's output at the 20lli-Fox studios 
are reported- soaring to $40,000,000, 
highest in the history of the com- 
pany. It's around 20";. more than 
Spyros- Skouras, 20th-Fox piexy, 
openly estimated at the time' that 
Joseph M. Schenck was given a new 
term: pact, and about on a par .with 
the budget for any top major com- 
pany. For the total studio output 
for 1M2-43 20th-Fox execs then fig- 
ured on a budget of around $26,000.- 
000 for that year. Some 27 films on 
the current 20lh sche'dule represent 
cosl of approximately $36,000,000. 

Four . major companies — 20th, 
Metro. Paramount and- Warners— are 
spending. an estimated $145,000,000 on 
current schedules. .Warners amor- 
tized 'around $24,000,000. for 24 pic- 
tures during . 1942-43. with two Or 
three of these negatives not in the 
'A' category. With all WB product 
designated for high budgets ' this 
year, the total cost for about the 
same number Of pictures as last year, 
24,- will run . to around $30,000:000, 
Saiatoga 'Trunk! alone is calculated 
at $3,000,000 negative cost. 

Metro, maintaining a- large list of 
contract players, and Paramount, 
with its costly filmusicals and sev- 
eral S2.000.000:$3,00p.000 negatives in 
other types of product, continue to 
represent 'top studio budgets. 

From accounts, cost of B product 
has gone up from around $8,000 daily 
to S10.000-S12.000 per day. varying 
with studio and stories involved; 
Figures based on poi>day-eost 'broken 
down in relation to number Of days 
consumed in shooting do not include, 
scripting costs ' : 

Cost ot 'A' pictures at some stu- 
dios is now figured at rate of $1,500 
p.cr hour of shooting t iine. exclusive 
of talent, irection and 'script 
charges. 

Universal, RKO and Columbia, de- 
spile increased costs, have nonethe^ 
less managed to maintain . relatively 
lower pci'-picfUre budgets. RKO. ex- 
clusive of its independent producers, 
is unlikely to go. over the $16,000,000 
mark-for its 1943-44 schedule. 

Samuel Goldwyn, among indepen- 
dent producers, lias some $4,000,000 
tied up in 'The North Stai' : and the 
Danny Kaye filhuisicai; Typifying 
current costs is. the Harry Sherman' 
production. 'Buffalo 'Bill.', being made 
at. 20th. It's understood coming in 
at around $1,700,000. 



In Coastal Cities, Where Patrons 




Who's Afraid of Blondes? 

Hollywood. Nov. 2. 
Paramount picked Arluro de Cor- 
doba to lake over- the job refused by 
Brian i)onl.evy ast'co-sla r w i tli Betty-' 
Hutloh in 'Incendiary ..Blonde.'" 

Picture. . based on the career of 
Texas Guinaii. went into work 
yesterday iMo.n.i .on location in 
Tucson', ri/... With George' Marshal) 
directing. 





statement to the pres.- 



manager. Slopped from selling in 



'hen- the theatre will .br- reopened I fn)nl b o.. Saxlon set up a card table 
Willi. lirsl-run films, relieving a nrst- 1 ^ cashiel . al n, e - back- entrance of 
run jam here /depends on the length i „ 1C - „ 1Cil(r( , anri wi | n ( h e help or 
or tune it lakes f or- court approval , b:ivke vs .steered a gi.ocllv crowd 
aivt^u, put: ii in readiness, says !in)U , ld;l , )c co ,. ne , foi . b oth the On 
Friedl . 



liny and the upstairs Valencia lo- 
cated in the. same. -building', 

'Fortunate., direction oi the wind 
against the voluminous smoke, kept', 
the customers inside the theatre ig- 
noranl of the doings Outside wh'ch 
Ja>terl three .-hours,'-, irand store 
building was .practically gni led. 

Bacher Goes From Flag 
Waving to Steel at 20th 

. Hollywood-. Nov.- 
ill Biiclier's second chore as Iilm 
producer al 20th-Kox. will. l>e 'To-.U'r 
iit Slec!.' .based oil a ■ -novel! st.H -'un- 
published..', by .lo.-i-|)hii;c. l,awiTi;ci'. 

First , aciivr'- • ' 'production 

schedule, is ' •.• aiid ■ Stripes lM>r- 
ever.' now. iii picpai'iilioii. 

BUDD HEADS WB DRIVE 

Riilpl- W. -udd. ,pe.rs')imel director 
(if Warner, rns: at the lioiiicoll'ii'C 
Hpllywoiid. Nov. . ; : has been appointed T company t-Vytj i--" 
Colufi, liiiiV 'Gone Are the Days' • inai. to handle .tlir' 'alioiM;.' War 
^ originally slated as a jack Mo.s- P' o- : Fund drive Tor .\\'ai r.crs. 
d'liction. has been shirtcd i" Sol ■ Sn' 1 -' •'' Adoljiii ./..iilsm ' i- nalionai clianiisan 
^el'.-, schedule. " '. -. -. i lor the- motion picture 'ciiVi>ioi' on 

Ross recently look over the pro- ! th - drive, whin- . San; insdeV. ro'olc- 
liicliou reins on ;Mr. Winkle G(jc< in : iyn civevut npenilor. u in eliai ge .lor 1 
War,' relihgiiished by HarOk] l lojd.- the N. V. territory. • '-. ';-,' 



New Loews Co. to Handle 
Foreign Djstrib, Theatres 

I.'icw's. Inc. i Metro 1 now has a 
ncv. corporal ion .to carry on foreign . 
disti'i'nilioii and theatre- business. | 
Now rorporalion is Locw's Inlerna- 
ti'ira! Corp. . It. doesn't altei: the ; 
presr.nl foreign.deparlnio.nl s,ctup. I 
.' New company is headed by M.or- J 
- A. Spring, listed as president: -j 
lli-iiry ' Krceke, treasurof. and ; 
;Jo.M'ph o>thal. secretary. This is: 
. H e group- that has headed the Loew- : 
Metro' foreign, department since; 
. -Arthur Loew, -.p. and foregiii s(il(;s 
•a:i ig"i-.v entered the U. S.. Arniy ■ ; 
p'e /'I. year.- ago. Major Loew is-; 
01. leave or absence, without pay.-' 
!>u' still retains Ji is . rormcf tillc. 

'Days' Go to. Siegel 



LIBSON'S ESTATE 

SGO.OnO In Bequests— Col. Frudenfcld 
Confers Willi RKO F.xecs 

Cincinnaii. Nov. . 
Beqne.-ts to charities and relatives, 
including' in-trust annuities, .lake 
i SliO OOO from the iiiiestiinated estate 
! or Isaac ilkei' Libson. Whose will 
j was fried Thursday .(28 1 in Probate 
Court. A pioneer rriidwest exhibitor 
and v:p.. arid genera! ifuinagc.r of 
RK tin-all (••• . in Cinciniiali and 
Dayton. - for the. past decade. Lib- 
son Micciiiiiljed lo a- heart attack 
Oct 24 : ai.liis home here, lie was Gti. 

Linsoii's will place's his cn'iire es- 
tate in' tl.ic hands of' trustees, who 
finally 'aii' to tiirn .il into Federal. 
s:,i'c and .municipal bonds. .islri- 
oiilion of the residue, i.s to be made; 
;n lira year.- to his son. '-Sat. Holierl 
-I. -I.'ii).«»ii.- 2:). and a daiiglilcr.Mrs. 
'barilla .Lib.ion Fislier. ^25. of Cincin- 
iiali. 

The •£ ill '-> a. exei-uted in 'N'oyein- 
iier. l!»;i!j C)ilr- bequest, ol S2.0(l0 is 
to Hi-l'-ii Kfirch!.. tli.en -hi- s»ci riai'y 
a. id now :l.e widow of his oioihcr. 
Am- .ii). 'i:i. .- ~ : . . 

Col. A i ■ ! i ■ 1 1' Frii'd'.-iilC-ld. v.-i.o was 
ii«si>l<n:!' !o I.ib.-on since ID.'t..'!. is in 
N'ew Yni'k for a conference wilh 
Rl\6 .T';u;;n/(> exec-, some (If whom 
i.v.II ii.'f..:'i. . will: hini' Tliur-d:iy ■ 4 1 . 



Under Brownout 

.roadway enjoyed its first relaxa- 
lion Jronv the Army-ordered diinciut 
in )4 'months Monday (1) wlien"the 
brownoui v went into 'effect' 'until 10 
p. in. Theatre marquee's, hotel signs, 
electric ads. etc.. blazed as in -pre- 
war, days, bringing- thousands of 
Times Square .wanderers to the 
ligh ted thorough fare. : 

Fact that Monday eve was also j 
night before election; known in these 1 
parts to have been the scene of many 1 
hectic evenings in the' past', had 
'something to do wilh gelling peo- 
ple -downtown, and the combo of 
lighted streets and electioneers who 
had full holidays Tuesday had a 
curious cM'eci upon biz. Film houses 
were packed, registering belter biz 
all day Monday i-l) than the same 
da.v ot the week, before. But. many 
other, establishments "along the 
street complained that it .was tiie 
worst '. Monday . in ..-months, and 
wished they had the dimoul all night 
long. Theory '. -that a lighted 
street is conducive to sightseers and 
window-shoppers, whereas during 
.(Continued on page 41 j 



. The new. so-called 'bro\vnoul' reg- 
ulations' on lighting for the entire 
country , may not' have any 'appre- 
ciable effect- one-way or another' ' 
the downtown -areas of larger cities, 
in the opinion of theatre ..operators'.-., 
but il's expected that it very prob- 
ably -will, aid neighborhood business 
hi. previously afTeclecf dimoul zohoe 
through the provision for. more 
street illumination. 

In some . of the nabe areas in 
Greater N. Y. and other c'oasial 
cities, sliects have been so dark un- 
der', inio.ul regulations! that man' 
folks have not wanted to : be oh 
Ihetn at iiighl. especially; tor late 
shows thai dump their 'patrons .-at'; 
Midnight -pr later. Dangers dr acci- 
dents, niugglngs and robbings have 
deterred 'attendance. 

'However, for earlier, shows, under 
the new regulations, outdoor light- 
ing, ol -marquees, store fronts, etc., 
tvill.be permitted. 'from- 8 to 10 p.m. 
at this time of Hie year but intensity 
of the lighting- must be decreased. 
This; according to llieatremcii. will 
be Jefl to their, discretion, wilh in- 
spectors to ciieck : and the proper 
-amount arrived at after experiii'ieut. 
No daytime marquee or plhei" out- 
door lighting will'be perinilied. This 
will nol be. niissed so much nllhough 
daylinie marquees, going full blast, 
attract attention trbm some distance. 
('Continued on page 18 1 



Salven Gets Hoist 

Hollywood. Nov. ' . -. 
- Parjtn'iiiiil. lipped Kddir SalWi. to 
a 'in e.'-'o. dim Hi a fter live yeai s as 
ai: a-fistai',! ;t'i Cecil ;-.\lille; . 

•jr.-: i-lioii- i- '.Mississippi Magic' 
Tr Ti'i'Mi.ii'oi'ir t-wo-reeVr piod icc'l 
•}/.'. l;-.o Il...n 



SIX DISNEY CARTOONS 
TO GET RUSS TOUCH 

Hollywood. Nov, 2. - 
Walt isncy , signed Leonid Kin- 
skey. Russian-born actor, and play- 
wright: to translate six cartoons inlo 
Russian, al the request of Mikhail 
Kolotozov, Soviet, film 'representative 
in the. Americas. 

Kinskey is re-w riling' lyrics, nar- 
ration and dialog on ;Baihhi.' lo be 
followed by a similar job on ','aludos 
Amjgos.' Conliacl al.-o calls, for the 
translalion of four shoris. 

Story of Penicillin On 
Auster's Slate at 20th 

Hollyw'ood. Nov. 2. 

Islin Aii.-icr ■ draws tlii'cp pictures 
on his production slate at SOIh-Fox.. 
beginning with '.Stranger On (he 
lllgliway,' . j).-yrliological ri. order . 
mystery, .ici ipted. by Kr-kinc Cald- 
well. ■' - ' -I.-.". '.-■-' . : 

Olhei; tv. o.. >i iJT ontiik-'l. are a 
story on.tlie M'-V-ly disi ovifred -.'■ura- 
tiv'c. ijciiicilliiii and a" tale about th 
new diilii-.- pcrrornicd by file Mili- ; 
liny f'ol-ci'- branch or the Army. 

Scouting Flicka's Foal 

: - , . I lolly wood.- Nov. 2. 

■ VVinie l.-.r.-i- breeder'*: are phc- 
nagliiig with stallion.- and mares \<> 
arrange bli'.-^ed events on -tud rai'in,- 
Shorlly aflei Ian. I. the universal 

..birthday or evevy .thoioughnred' 
.-tei.'(l. 20.ih-'I''ox'. .. ' .-.I'lltj inn - jl- equine. 

' scout- arourd l:.e ricarb.v i ancln - io 
-i:;i a f-ial lo be boil •-yilhif;. the 

. i.i'.x 1 Hi; day,. ' . 

' •. , .i d.":i-r v.- ll be set at: liirl'r, 

..a'mpppi't loii'-iii "Pie. Son ol Flicl'.ii: 

,.a sequel to '.My "r.end Fl.cka.':.v. ilh 
Robert a.-.-lei . prpdiir-iug. Loui- 
Kiiig diiecling aii'l .Roddy McDoVall 

i p';' iru- 1!.<' boy I'ol"; 



COWAN SEEKS HECHT 
TO ADAPT PYLE TOME 

Lester Cowan; currently , east for 
huddles with Ernie Pyle on the 
lihni'/.alipn of the war correspondent'!! 
.'Here Is Your War,' with Pyle serv- 
ing as a technical' adviser prior 
his return to Italy, says he's dicker-, 
ing with ■ Ben Hech,l to do the screen 
adaptation and is also seeking Elliott 
Nugent to direct the film version of 
''Tomorrow' the World,' Nugent 
directed the stage play, current at 
the •Barryniore: N. Y. -'- 
' The Pyle film will go into produc-; 
tion about Jan: l and has been biid- 
\ geted at approximately $1,500,000, 
say.s. thc indie producer. He further 
disclosed that the Kim .will include, 
under terms jot the p icl made wiih 
Pyle, a number of U, S. war corre- 
spondents who. figure prominently in- 
the tome and -with whom Cowan, 
while east, is negotiating. Film wil| 
; probably be called 'Yank' and- will 
• lie made in -cooperation wilh the War 
Dept., wilh - chief emphasis oil the 
[-infantry ground, forces who, says 
Cowan, have been virtually . neg- 
Ici ted lo date in American p: -. To - 
portray I'yle cliaracler.. Cowaii says 
lie's lining up a name star of the 
'homespun- Will. Rogers type' in keop- 
! ing with the (!oi respondeiil's loin 
i aiid reqiie-l. '.."■ 

; "fimiorrow the World.' says Coy. an, 

■ will probably be -hooting >iuiuHaiii-- 
- ou.-ly with 'Yank' and; i.- budgeted at 

SI. ODO.OOO. Financing of both ])ix is 
.all set. lie adds, wilh I '»(<•(( Arti.-H 

■ fii.sti'Vbut'rng.- :' 



N. Y. Canteen Designers 
Ask $15,000 From Film 

'crecii crcdii ''for .ll-eiV, designs of 
the -nriginal Stage Poor Canteen, 
the ba.-,eincni ol Ihe 4 4 1 > ; St. Iheair., 
N. \., i.v the has:.- of a-' SISiOOIJ" ciai'm- 
by flmilini' Rocln- ai,r( Peggy Clar 
ugain.-l the Au:('i |r ai. Theatre Wing, 
Ii:i-;. : a.nd Sol I>.-.-i-r. who made the 
Iilm .version. While Harry Horiier ; 
got scenic cred|i tor 'Stage Door, 
Canti-i'ii.' M. -e- Roche and v,Cl:uk 
did nol.' Tin-y peir.i{jin'd .Li'.-sei: ; who 
argued -thai .(' hi- y.e:i- to do ll-al, 
I l;c ; i-<- v : '»!-;l'i be no i",d o!'.,i: he'd 
ha\:(: ' to .sVi-i'i'ii-c-.rd:: -liie' won-. in 
'Aho (Ir.-iUi.'-u -.' " '■ 'I'.i'ru iv>sli'-ieV 
a|)l'OI:-. (•!<:. > v ' ■ . 

'I'l.i; .\'i;W n. -I'.i'd I,..- malic: ' • an 
execulKo hriaid ii i".'l|:i^ 'ai''V a $a()0 
-eiiU'iucn: lo each li.ay- end II. e en- 
l ie n'n'li'i. Trim, :l ii-.dicaiioiiS: 



PICTURES 



Wednesday, November 3, 1913 



Mayor, Spitz, Harry Colm, Other Film 
Toppers Among 40 Set to Testify As 
Racket Trial Moves Into 4th Week 



By PAUL ROSS 

With. 40 additional witnesses sub- 
poenaed by the defense, and top film 
industry figures including - Louis B. 
Mayer, Leo Spitz, and Harry v Cohn 
already .waiting to testify for the 
Government, the' extortion trial in 
N: Y. federal court of six Chicago 
mobster's Bnd two other defendants 
today (Wednesday) enters its fourth 
week. 

The sessions came to a halt Friday, 
afternoon i29) and were put over 
until this morning (Wed.) because of 
an illness developed by Boris Kos- 
telanetz, special assistant U. S. at- 
torney general. The defendants ac- 
cused of extorting enormous sums 
from film companies .:. Ralph 
Pierce. Louis ■ Compagna, Charles 
Gjoe, Paul. DeLucia, Phil D'Andrea 
and Francis Marilptc,. alleged mem- 
bers of the strong-arm Chicago un- 
derworld; John Roselli, alleged West 
Coast payoff-man for the mob, and 
Louis Kaufman, business agent of 
Lnca) 244.- IATSE. New-rk. N. J. 

Browne Denies Shooting. 
Sprees With Petrillo 

George Browne rounded out his 
fourth day in the witness chair on 
Friday morning (29). -despite his col- 
lapse with ulcer -trouble — Judge 
Bright called ' it 'stomach distress* — 
the day before. 

Browne testified that he was a 
friend of James C. Petrillo. in. 1925. 
He denied, however, that he. and 
Petrillo used to frequent a Chicago 
theatre and after the performance 
sit and shoot out the. houselights. 
Browne admitted he carried a gun 
without necessity, but said he did so 
because, he was once an honorary 
deputy sheriff, of Cook County, this 
post being a 'token of esteem' from 
the citizenry. 

He also admitted that he supplied 
the capital for a number of speak- 
easies but said he never drew profits, 
and frequently ■' lost his investment 
because he was the 'best customer.' 

Defense attorney A. Bradley Ebcn 
drew from Browne the admission 
that his' own brother-in-law,, Herb 
■ Green, had been severely beaten by 
Bipff, Green dying soon- afte- . 



Schenck said, . arid -finally suggested 
that, 'I have a different way to do it. 
I'll take $50,000 from the latge com- 
panies, and $25,000 from the small 
companies'. Before- the day is over 
let hie know, one way or the- other. 
The minute we get out of here (i.e. 
the, meeting)' and. there's. no, answer, 
we'll close the theatres. I want an 
answer, not an . argument.' 

ioff again put the bee on him at 
the 1937 Basic Agreement meeting, 
Schenck declared.- He quoted Bioff 
as saying, 'I want $50,000 this/ year,' 
arid when Schenck pretended sur- 
prise, Bioff . replied, 'Stop your, non- 
sense; you know it's coming to me.' 

The film head again paid, but sug- 
gested to Bibff. the now-famous raw 
film deal involving Aller & Smith, 
subsidiary of PuPont, and . Norman 
Nelson, Bioff's brother-in-law, .who 
went on the Alter & Smith payroll 
for .$125 a week and 7% 'commission' 
on iaw film sold to Metro, -ftie 'com- 
mission' was used to pay the shake- 
down money, in lieu of cash, but 
Schenck testified that he never re- 
ceived the. $50,000 he gave Bioff, 
though the latter promised to return 
it. 

Schenck described how he in- 
structed Louis' B. Mayer to set the 
raw film arrangement, going. Schenck 
volunteered the opinion that while it 
was admittedly illegal for a firm to 
receive a secret rebate, it was 'all 
right' to. arrange to give company's 
business to someone and then send a 
man to handle it. The Loews presi- 
dent also admitted that the shake- 
down money, was 'paid; out of the 
vault by the treasurer, who reim- 
bursed himself from the company.' 
He further conceded that this money 
belonged to the stockholders, not to 
himself, and said that the shortage 
was made up on the company's books 
by adding a given figure to' certain 
expense items. 

When Murray . took over the wit- 
ness, the fireworks: began. ..Schenck, 
declaring he had been a resident of 
New York for 20 or more years, -re- 
fused to be pinned down to a state- 
ment that he knew Thomas E. 
Dewey, in 1936, was jailing racket- 
eers with • union connections who 
tried to extort employers. The most 



REFEREE REFUSES TO 
OUST KAUFMAN & CO. 

Newark, Nov. 2. 

A decree refusing' to oust Louis 
Kaufman, business agent, and Harry 
Oppenheimcr, secretary, of Local 
244, Motion Picture Operators' 
Union, was handed down here Satur- 
day 1 30) by Vice Chancellor John O. 
Bigelow in a suit brought by so- 
called 'insurgent members." .Bigelow 
at the same time ordered a union 
constitutional amendment to prevent 
abuses of the 'work permit' system 
and set up a seniority rating for the 
assignment of job's. 

George Gill ignn headed the group 
initiating the move against Kauf- 
man's leadership. Receivership for 
the local and a financial probe of its 
funds were sought. ' . 

Iii denying these motions, Bigelow 
said the "majority of members fared 
well under the Kaufman regime,' and 
ruled that favoritism charges were 
unsubstantiated. 

Kaufman and Oppenheimer were 
ordered by the court to repay the 
local a total of $13,000 which had 
been taken from the union's treasury 
to. pay counsel fees in litigation in- 
volving their union activities in 1936. 

As to the union constitutional 
amendment, Bigelpw's decree ruled 
provision should be made within two 
months that" members of 20 years' 
Standing be entitled to jobs with a 
$90 weekly minimum; those with a 
minimum of 10 years' membership 
get assignments witha $60 minimum 
and other jobs- be. distributed to 
younger members. 

; Bigelow further ordered that 
whenever a vacancy occurs through 
death or resignation, the assignment' 
should be. posted at union headquar- 
ters with salary and hours listed, 
after which the executive committee 
should order Kaufman to fill the job. 
All such assignments, however, 
would be subject to approval of ex- 
hibitors. 

Herman Shapiro, counsel for Local 
244, announced the membership 
' would convene Sunday (7) to decide 
whether to ask Bigelow tor modifica- 
tion of the terms of his decree or 
appeal to the State- Court of Errors 
and Appeals. • 




House Committee Agrees on 
Admish Tax; WiU Yield $165,000,000 



ZEVIN SENTENCING 
PUT OFF TILL DEC 1 

Sentencing of Isadore Zevin, for- 
mer secretary to George E. Browne, 
convicted ex-president of the IATSE, 
was. postponed Monday Q) .in ''-i.. Y. 
federal court by Judge Murray Hul- 
bert until Dec. Zevin pleaded 
guilty to an indictment alleging per- 
jury committed before a Federal 
grand jury investigating the where- 
abouts of a special $1,500,000 assess- 
ment fund collected from IA mem- 
bers. 

According to Boris Kostelanetz, 
Special: Assistant TJ. S. Attorney 
General. Zevin lied when questioned 
about the - fund and to how it was 
used. He swore it was created to 
pay the salaries "and expenses of 
unipn 'representatives, 'when, Said 
Kostelanetz, he knew that the fund 
was being: set up for use of Browne. 
Willie Bioff, Browne's personal aid 
and. Nick Circella .(Dean), Chicago 
gangster. 

It was, the 'Government's conten- 
tion that the fund was being vised 
by others besides the two former 
labor leaders. It has since been 
learned that 'The. Boys From Chi- 
cago' got their share of this fund. 
Zevin is named as a confederate in 
the indictment against the eight de- 
fendants now on trial. . He faces 
prison sentences of CO years and 
fines amounting to $42,000. 

Of the $1,500,000 special /und'. all 
but. $250,000 went to the mobsters, 
Browne, Bioff and Circclla, the Gov- 
ernment charges. 



Nicholas M. Schenck, presidents / ~J « 

.' „ „„ i>,.iJo« Schenck would grant on this point 
.ne on Fuday, • • - fV ,. f ■„„ 0 .. i Ki„. u„ 



Loew's! followed Brow 
appearing as a Government witness. 
Schenck started his testimony placidly 
enough, but before the session was 
over : ho launched into verbal war r 
fare with defense. attorney James' D. 
C. Murray, "he bickering between 
Murray' and Schenck reached such 
proportions that Judge Bright was 
forced to intercede several times to 
keep things orderly. In this respect, 
Schenck offered a stronft- contrast to 
Browne who during his four days 
had fought back just once — and then 
apologized for it. 

. Even before • Murray sailed into 
him, Schenck gave plenty of dra- 
matic testimony under direct exam- 
ination by Boris Kostelanetz, special 
assistant U. S. attorney general. The 
president of LOew's, Inc., described 
his first meeting with Bibff at the 
request of . Browne, lie later ad- 
mitted he had not inquired regard- 
ing' Bioff s status or character when 
Browne ■ iniroduccd him. Schenck 
told how ioff had ■ promptly de- 
manded money, and quoted Bioff as 
saying, "You've a prosperous .busi- 
ness here. Now .1 elected Browne 
because I Wanted him to do what I 
wanted him to do when I : wanted 
him to do it. . You understand, I'm 
the boss. I want $2,000,000 out of 
the. motion picture industry.' Schenck 
said he was so shocked, that - 'at first 
I couldn't talk.' Then lie refused to 
discuss the matter. 

'You'll talk about, it,' Schenck said 
Bioff told him.. 'If you don't pay it'll 
cost .the industry ,,iillicns. We gave 
you a taste in Chicago.' 

three days later, at the 1936 Basic 
Agreement 'meeting in New York, 
Schenck and the late Sidiipy R. Kent, 
then prez of Fox Film,' were ap- 
proached by Bioff, who said, "Now 
look, I've thought the matter over 
since I talked to you . last. I asked 
$2,000,000 but that's :too much.- I 
.guess, at one tii.ie.- I want a inil'lion 
and I will not talk about it.' Schenck' 
and Kent refused, whereupon Bioff. 
'repeated his, threats,' Schenck testi- 
fied, saying, 'You know what we'll 
..do, we. showed you in Chicago and 
the other towns.' 

During the i .mainder of the 1936 
meeting, Bioff made daily demands, 



was that 'possibly' he knew it, and 
then he jabbed at Murray, '.'Neither 
would you know it if you. didn't have 
it. looked up.' 

Schenck Admits Failure 
To Expose Racketeers 

Schenck was forced to admit, 
however, that he had done nothing 
to get rid of Bioff and Browne after 
they made their demands; that he 
had not gone to the authorities with 
what he knew when he learned in 
1939 that Bioff was an escaped pan- 
dcrer, and that he had withheld 
the knowledge ' he had from the 
stockholders and the Loew's board, of 
directors. ■ Said Schenck: 'I didn't 
conceal it; I didn't expose it; I sim- 
ply didn't do anything about it'.' 

One important bone of contention 
between Murray and. Schenck in- 
volved the affairs of Local 306. 
Schenck insisted Murray didn't really 
want to know:the facts concerning 
306, and hotly denied that he. c-r 
Charles C. Moskowitz. Loew's Thea- 
tres v.p., had any discussions with 
Bioff and Browne, 'looking toward a 
reduction of wages', for members ;t 
306. Schenck declared that Major 
Leslie T.' Thompson (RKO) was the 
one who contacted Browne, and 
Bioff. but only toward a settlement 
of strike possibilities. However, 
Schenck was forced to admit that 
Thompson's negotiations also" in- 
volved the matter of reduced sala- 
ries, in which, Loew's ;was interested 
'in part.' 

Murray drew 'from Schenck the 
fact that he had earned around $250,<- 
000 in 1935 on a salary and percentage 
basis, and then Schenck cracked that 
he : had earned 'plenty' anyway, for 
yotir purposes, becauie $250,000 year- 
ly is plenty far any man.' At the 
same time, ' Schenck was forced to. 
concede that the negotiations ■ over 
Local 30G resulted in a 10% cut. for 
the members. Murray hinted that 
the $120,000 thus saved was nearly 
equal to the $150,000 .'paid Eiowffe 
arid Bioff. 

Ah i n t e r e s t i.n g . sidelight on 
Schenckls testimony of Friday is that 
he declared he had riol read the 
Basic Agreement. . This jibed with a 
(Continued on page 47) 



UPPED ADMISSION, 

CLEARANCE CUT 

. In' decision rendered by Appeal 
Board of the American Arbitration 
Assn., an independent exhibitor' in 
Los Angeles has obtained clearance 
relief as result of increasing admis- 
sion scales: Appeal was taken after 
the local L. A. arbitrator had refused 
to; gi ant ' any reductions on that 
grounds 

Lewis & Co.. operating the Los 
Feliz. L. A., . complained that the 
former' clearance of 49 days over this 
house was unreasonable and since 
admission scales had been boosted, 
the clearance should be cut to 25 
days. Case was directed against the 
Lomn and Apollo theatres, operated 
by West Coast Hollywood theatres.- 



L.A. to N.Y. 

Neil AgncW. . 

Barney Balaban. 

Hal Bock. • 

Samuel Bronston. 

George Burrows. • 

Lucille Defnct. 

William Dpzier. 

Charles: Eihfeld. 

Knowlcs Entr'iken: 

Fanchon. . . 

Emerson Foote. 

Preston Foster. 

Robert Gillha.n. 

Dorothy Gish' . 

John Harrington. 

Henry Herbel. 

John W. Hicks; Jr. 

Elizabeth J. Hlggins. 

Russell Holmanv 
' Marsha Hunt. 
'. living Mansfield. 

Dean Murphy. 

Dudley- Miirphy. 

Irving Phillips. 

Arthur Piorson. 

Monte Pibse.iv 

Leo Robin. 

Sig Schlagcr. . 

Arthur. Schwartz. 

Matt ShelvcyU. 

Leo Spitz. 

John Swallow. •' 

Nancy Wi'lker; . • ■ ■■' 



ED SMITH RINGS 'BELL' 



N.Y. to L.A. 

'Norman- Corwin.' 
Bill. Dover.- ' 
'Margaret. Eltinger."- ; 
Charles W. Koc'rrtcr. 
Louella O. Parsons:' 
Rocco Vocco. 



Hectic Experience of Springfield, 
Mass., Theatre Manager. ' 



Springfield, Mass., 2. , 
For an' hour and. 15 minutes last 
Wednesday (27), Ed Smith, manager 
of the Paramount, thought he : was 
the guy 'For Whom the Bell Tolls.. 
Arriving at the theatre at 9 for a 
10:15 opening of the. Hemingway 
film, he found a line already formed 
in front of the theatre, but no sign 
of the reels. 

Perspiring freely, he wailed for 
the film delivery service lo arrive, 
but the feature was not in the lot. 
By thjs time, the queue extended a 
block down .ilai'n. slrcet and turned 
the corner into Hampden street. 

A call to the Paramount offices at 
Boston revealed that the shipment 
had been made the day before via 
baggage car. Dashing to the Union 
Station, he enlisted the aid of bag- 
gage room employees and at 10:15 
the Aim was discovered in an obs- 
cure corner where it would have re- 
mained indefinitely unless someone 
called for it. Another dash back to 
the theatre and into the projection 
room got the introduction flashed 
onto the screen just as the City Hall 
bells were tolling 10:15. The house 
was full for the first show and busi- 
ness continued good throughout the 
week. 

The episode was just another in- 
cident in a '.hectic, week that was 
climaxed by the return on furlough 
of his son, Capt. Jack Smith from 
the Near East and Africa where he 
has been flying for 18 months. The 
youth has several decorations. ■ 



Washington^ Nov. 2. 
The House- Ways & Means Com- 
mittee voted yesterday (1) to boost 
amusement admission taxes to: 20%, 
twice the present figure. The in- 
crease, is expected to. put ah addi- 
tional $165,000,000 a year into Uncle 
Sam's money bags, according to 
Treasury estimates. Earlier, the com- 
mittee voted favorably on. a proposal: 
to boost taxes on pa'ri-rhutuel race- 
track betting to 5% instead of the 4% 
levy originally introduced: No 
change- was. recommended in the 
30% :t'ax on hitery checks, which 
how carry only a 5% bite. 

Iii doubling second class mail rates 
the committee sidestepped', a scrap 
with the press by exempting news- 
papers arid religious publications. 
Excise increases voted by -the.- group- 
would end automa tical.ly six months 
after the war's end. ..' ''. 

■ The theatre " admissions tax en- 
joyed a free -roller -coaster trip be- 
fore finally reaching the present 
level; which may be the final figure. 
Originally the Treasury recom- 
mended 30%. The Ways & Means 
tax experts cut this down to 2c on 
each 15c admission.. Then the com- 
mittee upped it again to 30"J, only to 
drop it tb 20% /yesterday. 

Theatre interests aren't happy over 
the levy and are expected to fight it 
when it reaches the Senate' since the 
.committee's -''recommendations' prob- 
ably will pass the House. Senators 
are expected to . receive a heavy 
mail from the folks back home o\'er 
the increase. 

-A voice from home,' explained 
one indie ;' theatre representative, 

means' more than. 150 at headquar- 
ters". Feeling in theatre circles is 
that Congressmen are being' fooled 
by crowded showhouscs in Washing- 
ton arid believe this condition exists 
all over the country. Another in- 
fluencing factor, it is thought, was. 
the recent Treasury announcement ■ 
of. the $75,000 earners although most 
theatre operator's don't get much of 
the kind of coin that goes to the 
stars. 



Glenn Hunter Makes 
Coast Stage Comeback 

Hoilywodd. Nov. -2. 
'. Glenn Hunter, long' lime off : lhc 
boards; makes hi.vcomob.ack in' Rob 
t>u Roys coniedj', 'A Public Affair." 
at-Chelle Janis's Left Bank theatre 
Dec.. 8. 

William ig Bill' ildens 'War 
Song,' a three-act drama, has been 
booked in for Nov. 2 without the 
author in. an acting role. . 



Charmed, Ladies 

; Hollywood, Nov. .V 
Jack Bcniiy draws. Alexis Smith 
and. Dolores Mbi'an. as conflicting 
femin'e interests in his next starrer, 
'The lloin lows at ^Midnight,' at 
Warners. " . ' 

Sam Hf'llman and James V. Kern 
wrote the story, tti be produced by 
Mark Hcllingcr and. directed by 
Raoul Walsh. .: 



Mpls. Exblbs Protest Tax 

Minneapolis, Nov. 2. 

Mass protests against the proposed 
30% admission tax are being organ- 
ized in Minnesota and North and 
South Dakota. The trade in. the: ter- 
ritory has been urged by industry 
leaders', to take a hand in the fight. 

.Prominent exhibitors in every, 
county of the three states have been 
lining up theatre owners and map- 
ping a course of action. Contact will 
be had with congressmen in an ef- 
fort to drum up opposition to the 
admission tax boost. "" 
... It's feared by the trade here that 
such a stiff opposition tax would 
dent grosses to such an exfent that 
many smaller exhibitors would be 
forced out of business. In all this 
connection, exhibitor leaders : point 
out that theatre patronage now has 
levelled off with the main responsi- 
bility . placed . upon a tightening of 
piirscstririgs due to the cumulative 
effects of the withholding and other 
taxes. 

The trade here proposes to point , 
out that ifs essential to keep small 
town theatres open in the .interest of ■ 
public wartime morale. ■ 



Miss Tandy's 1st U. S. Pic 

Jessica Tandy, the British stage ac- 
tress who has also appeared on 
Broadway; is scheduled for one of ; 
the top- roles in Metro's production 
of 'The Seventh Cross,' Spencer 
Tracy starrer.: It'll be Miss Tandy's 
first appearance in American films. 
Hume Cronyn pacted for role in pic- 
ture. 

Signe Hassd has the femme lead- 
Swedish actress returns from the 
Pararnount lot where she played a: 
loanout role in ■ 'The Story of Dr. 
Wassell." ' 



Six to Go at Mono 

Hollywood, Nov. 
• Moiipgrain is stepping on the pro- 
ducfion gas in November arid ' start- 
ing six pictures,; beginning wi<h;th'e' 
King Bros, feature,- 'Johnny Doesn't 
Live Here Any More.'- 

On • the November list are "Hot 
Rhythm." 'Black Beauty,' 'Charlie 
Chan Solves the Perfect 'Grime.' 
''Raiders of the Border', and 'The Kid 
From Sohora.' 



Wednesday, November 3, 1943 



PICTURE GROSSES 



'Rosie,' Great $35,000, Ace New Chi 
, Fix; Dexter Ups Tlotaes/ Bangup 24G 



Chicago. Nov. 2. -f- 
Business continues big in the 
Loop particularly on weekends, 
with -'grosses hitting stout totals. 
'Sweet- Rosie . O'Grady,' . at State- 
Lake, is headed for great $35,000 in 
(list week, and 'Best Foot Forward,' 
at United Artists, looks like forte 
$20 000. 'Phantom of Opera' is 
breaking weekend records at the 
Palace arid looks strong $24,000 for 
its second week. The Oriental, with 
'Sherlock Holmes Faces Death' and 
stage Show headed by Al Dexter 
band, should do ■ neat $24,000. ' 
Estimates for This Week 
Apollo ..(B&K) (1,200; 50-85)— 
'Wintertime' (20th). and 'Dancing 
Masters' (20th) (2d wk). Neat $9,- 
000 Last week, slick $11,000. 

Chicago (B&K) (4,000; 50-85)— 
'Proudly Hail" (Par) (2d wk), plus 
vaudc- on stage. Strong $53,000. Last 
week, hefty $63,000, 

(B&K) (800: 50-85) 



LADY TAKES CHANGE; 
BIG $18,000 IN PITT. 

Pittsburgh, Nov. 2. 
. For the first 'time in memory ^ 
Stanley and Warner day-and- 
dating: a ' picture . this Weekr It's 
'Lady Takes a Chance,' and since 
every other house . but one In. town 
has . a holdover, the Jean Arthur- 
John Wayne starrer will do all 
right. Sole other exception' to the 
h.o.' rule is Senator.' but double bills 
seldom count for anthing there, arid 
'Two Senoritas from Chicago' and 
'Passport to Suez" will be no excep? 
tion.;.; 'Bell Tolls' slipping away 
sharply in second week to less than 
half of opening, stanza's take, al- 
though 'Sweet Rosie O'Grady' is 



'Wintertime (20tt)_) and , Dancing er , ckinff ' .hniis***--'- tUmM *r.A .'TAr. 



Masters' (20th.) (2d wk). Bright 
$11:000. Last week, sparkling $14,- 
000: , '■■ 

Grand (JJKO) (1,150; 40-85)— 
•Spitarc" (RKO) and 'Seventh Vic- 
tim'. (RKO). Corking. $12,000. Last 
week. 'Skv's Limit' (RKO) and 
'Petticoat Larceny' (RKO) ' (second 
week in Loop), good $9,000. 
. Oriental (Iroquois) (3,200; 31-69) 
—'Holmes Faces Death' (U) and Al 
Dexlei' orch brt stage. Bangup $24,- 
000. Last week, 'Always Bridesmaid' 
(in and Eddy' Howard' orch on 
stage, strong $27,000. 

Palace (RKO) (2.500; 40-85)— 
'Phantom. Opera' and ,'Lucky Fellow' 
<U> (2d wk). Big. $24,000. Last week, 
smash $28,000. 

. Roosevelt (B&K) (1,500;. 50-85)— 
'Salute' Marines' (M-GJ. Snappy 
$18,000, Last week, 'Watch Rhine' 
(WB) (5th wk), 5 days, and 'Ma- 
rines.' 2 days, excellcnt $21,000. : 

Stale-Lake (B&K) (2,700; ! 50-85 )— 
'Rosie O'Grady' (20 th). Great $35.- 
000. Last . week, 'Bell Tolls" (Par) 
<81h wk).- .6 days, arid 'Rosie 
O'Grady' (20th), one : day, -staunch 
$30,000. 

United Artists (B&K)' (1,700: 50- 
85;— 'Best Foot Forward' (M-G). 
Very .'good $20,000. Last week, 
'Heaven Can Waif (20th) (4th wk), 
okay $14,500. f "■' 

Woods (Essaness) (1.200; 50-85)— 
'Destroyer' (Col) and 'Murder Wa- 
terfront' (WB) (3d wk). Rousing 
$15,000; Last week, sturdy $15,500. 



'FLESH' BIG 26^ 
IN MILD PHILLY 



Philadelphia, Nov. 2. 

Grosses, are dipping slightly ..- this 
week . w\th on^ly a few bright spots. 
Best grosser is 'Flesh and Fantasy,' 
with 'Princess O'Rourke,' although 
in third week; coming- in close be- 
hind at. much larger house. 

Estimates for This Week 

Aldine (WB) (1,303; 35-75)— 'Holy 
Matrimony'- (20th) (2d wk): Okay 
$10,200 following neat $13,800 
opener. 

Arcadia (Sablosky) (600; 35-75)— 
'Thank Lucky Stars' (WB) (2d run). 
Nice $5.800.. Last week ' 'Old Chi- 
cago' (20th) (Reissue) (2d wkl. Pal- 
lid $3,300. • 

" Boyd (WB) (2.500; 35-75)— 'Flesh 
■ and Fantasy' (U). Boyer luring the 
femmes to tune of sock $22,600 plus. 
$3,900 at Earle for one-day stand on 
Sunday. Last week, 'Sky's Limit' 
' (RKO), sad $11,800. 

Earle (WB) (2,768; 36-85)— Young 
Ideas" (M-G) with Glen Gray orch 
and Rufe Davis on stage. Mediocre 
$17,500. Last week. 'Unknown Giiest' 
(Mono) with Johnny Long orch; 
okay $22,400. ' 

Fox.(WB) (2,245; 35-75)— 'Salute 
Marines' (M-G ), (2d wk). Slumping 
sharply to $14,200 after smash, $32,- 
500 opening sesh. 

Karlton (Goldman) (1,000: 35-75) 
— 'Rising Sun' (RKO) (2d run): 
Neat $7-.200. "Last week. 'Let's Face 
If (Par), fine $6,000 second week- of 
second run. . 

■'■Keith's (Goldman) (2.220: 35-75)— 
.--'Spitfire' (RKO) (2d run). Fair $6.- 
200.. Last week. 'Claudia' (20th ). 
sweet $7,500.- 

. Mastbaum (WB) ' (4.692; 35-75)— 
Princess O'Rourke' (WB) (3d wk). 
.Lots of ; .power at $23,000. Last week 
solid $26,800: 

Stanley (WB) (2,916; 35r75)- 
Rosie O'Grady' '-, (20th) (3d wk). 
• Satisfactory $13,900 but big drop 

from hangup $20,200 of last week: 
: .Stanton (WB) (1.475: 35-75)— 
. Tartu'. (Vt-G); Fair $9,300.' Last 
week, 'Crime School" (WB ) 'Reis- 
sue); okay ,$7,500 for second week;' 



cracking house's record, and 'Cor 
vette K-225' will make a creditable 
show.irig in . its final session at the 
Fulton. . 

EstiUmes for This Week 
: Fulton (Shea) (1.700; 30-60)— 'Cor- 
vette K-225' (U)(2d : wk).' Excellent 
word-of-moulh and continued fa 
vorable press comment will keep 
this one up to ah okay $5,500 on the 
wiridup, with . Rep's ' '111 Old Okla 
homa' slated to come in Saturday 
(6 V although it may wait a few ex- 
tra days. Last week 'Corvette' got 
fine $10,000. 

Harris (Harris) (2.200; : 30-60)— 
-Sweet' Rosie O'Grady' (20th) (2d 
wk). .Betty Grable sqekeroo punch 
ing out another sweet session lor it- 
self and. should better $10,000 with 
out any trouble:' That'll likely mean 
a third week for it here; if not, it'll 
continue . at Harris.' : Lait week 
'Rosie' cracked house mark for a 
picture scaled at regular prices, top- 
ping. $18, 000. 

Pcnn . (Lbew's- UA) (3.300;' 75- 
$1.10)— 'Bell Tolls' (Par) (2d wk). 
Original excitement over this one 
petering, but. and . comments are in 
clined • to keep • picture in. smash 
class. - Doubtful if it will register 
more than $19,000 - on current ses 
sion. n.s.h. at those prices. Last week 
'Bell' .went tp $44,000 and new all- 
time high for house. - 
. Hit* (WB) (800: 30-60)— 'Thank 
Lucky Stars' (WB) (3d wk)/ Was 
brought here' after fortnight at Stan 
ley and- not much left for it at 
"small-seater. Will have to^hur'ry to 
get even $2,200. ordinary. Last 
week, 'Behind Rising Sun'. (RKO), 
after successive weeks at Penn and 
Warner, all right at $3,000. 

Senator (Harris) (1.750; 30-60 )— 
Two. Senoritas from Chicago' (Col)' 
and 'Passport to Suez' (Col). Kind 
of. a double bill that merely keeps 
the house open and does nothing 
more. Looks like $3,000, Just about 
average for a twin bill at this spot. 
Last' week, 'First Comes Courage! 
(Col) disappointing at same 

Stanley (WB) (3,800; 30-60) — 
'Lady Takes Chance' (RKO).. With 
new pix field all. to itself, big-seater 
should , knock down snappy $18,000 
okay considering fact that film Is 
playing day-and-datc at Warner just 
a couple of blocks away. House, 
after three weeks .of straight' cellu- 
loid, returns to presentation policy 
Friday (5)- with 'Adveri lures of. 
Tartu' (M-G) and Gleri Gray's band 
Last week, second of 'Thank Your 
Luckv Stars' (WB), droopy at 
$10,000. 

Warner (WB) (2,000; 30-60)— 'Lady 
Takes Chance" (RKO), Jean Arthur 
John Wayne starrer doing all right 
here, , too. Heading for $9,000 and 
that ain't hay. ■ Last week, 'I Dood 
If (M-G). in second week, after be 
ing at Penn previously, came 
through nicely to $7,000; 



First Runs on Broadway 

(Subject to Change). ■ 
Week. of Nov. 4 . 
Astor— 'Thousands Cheer' (M- 
G) (8th week). 
(Rcuieu'cd in 'Variety' 

Capitol— 'The Phantom of the 
Opera' (U) (4th week). 
(Reviewed In 'Variety' Aug. 18) ' 
Criterion — 'Corvette K-225' 
(U) (3d week)., 
. (Reviewed in "Variety '.Sept. -29)' 
Globe — "The Iron Major' / 
(RKO) (2d week). 
(Reviewed in 'Variety' 

'Hollywood — 
ance'. (WB) (2). 

(Reviewed in current issue I 

v Music ' Hall-^'C.laudia' (20th). 
(Reviewed in .'Variety' -Aug. 18) 
Palace 'The' North ■ Star' 
(RKO). 

(Reviewed in 'Variety? 
Paramount — 'True 
(Par), (4th week). 
(Reviewed in "Variety' Aug.. 11) 
Riaito— 'Son of Dracula" (U) 
(5). 

( current ." 

. Rlvoll — 'For Whom the Bell 
Tolls'. (Par) (17th week). 
. (Reviewed in 'Variety' July 21) 

'Roxy— 'Sweet Rosie O'Grady" 
(20t}i) (3d week). . 
(Reviewed in 'Variety' Sept. 22)^ 
■' Strand -- '"Princess O'Rourke' 
. (WB) (5). 

(Reviewed in 'Variety' Sept. 22) 

Vlotbria — 'The North Star* 
(RKO). . 

(Reviewed in 'Variety' Oct. 



B way Fast; Top Man-Armstrong 
Strong $40,000, 'Major Steady 16G 
lassie 100G In Final, 'Sun' $19,000 



Vid< 



lor' s Dream 

Hollywood. Nov. . 2. 

Charles Vidpr dra>vs the director 
chore, on. the forthcoming costume 
drama, 'At Night Wc Dream.' star- 
ring Paul Muni, at Columbia. 

Lou Edclman is producer, with the 
Picture' scheduled for late November , 'Hero 
shooting. I $5,000; 



'Army' Snappy $25,000, 
B'klyn Ace; 'Sun' 17G 

. Brooklyn.' Nov! 2. 

• Top money this week is the 
Strand's 'This Is the Army.' Hold 
over' of 'Johnny' Come Lately." at. 
Loew's Metropolitan, . is also doing 
nicely. 

. Estimates for This Week 
Albee IRKO) (3.274; 35-75)— 'Be 
hind Rising Sun' (RKO): and "Gals. 
Inc.' (U). Satisfactory $17,000. Last 
week, 'Holy Matrimony' (20th) and 
•Victory Through Air Power' (UA), 
nifty $19,000. 

Fox (Fabian) (41023: 35-75)— 'True 
to Life' (Par) and 'Submarine Alert'; 
(Par) (2d wk). Grand $18,000. Last 
w.eck. sock $20,000. 

Metropolitan .(Loew's) (3.618: 35- 
75 >— "Johnny Come -.. Lately' (UA ) 
ami 'Young and. Willing' (UA) (2d 
wk). Nice $15,000. Last week, swell 
$22,000. 

• Paramount (Fabian) (4,020: 35-j75) 
—'Proudly 'We Hail' . (Par) and 
'Sleepy Lagoon' (Rep). Solid :$23,- 

000. Last week. "Thank Lucky Stars' 
(WB) and 'Adventure Iraq' (WB) 

1. 'tcl wk). $18,000. 

. Strand < WB ) - (2.952; 35-75 )— "This 
Is Armv' (WBi. Oft to strong start 
arid 'will likely grab great $25,000. 
best at this spot, in months. .Last 
week. 'Alaska Highway' (Par) and 
Comes Elmer' (Par), mild 



DOOD rr FAT 
14G IN L7ILLE 



Louisville, Nov. 2. 

Grosses are steady, this week, but 
there are no standouts. New business 
is split between 'I. Dood It' at Loew's 
State; 'Wintertime.' at the Riaito, and 
Milt Britton's band plus 'Revenge of 
Zombies' at the National. "Dood It" 
should pace the straight, film'ers. ■ 
Estimates for This Week 

Brown (Fourth . Avenue-Loe w*s ) 
(1,400; 30-50)— 'Lady Takes Chance* 
(RKO): and 'Saint Meets Tiger' 
(Rep).' Movpover • f rom Riaito, fine 
$4,000:. Last week, "Salute Marines' 
(M-G) and 'Footlight' Glamour' 
(Col), fairish $3,000 moveovcr. 

Kentucky (Swltow) -'.(-'1.200: '• 15-25) 
—'Above Suspicion' (M-G).- and 
-Bomber's. Moon' (20th). Okay $1,700. 
tast week, 'Youngest' Profession* 
(M-G) and 'Du- Barry Was Lady* 
(M-G), $1,900. . 

Loew's State (Loew's) (3;300; 30- 
50)— 'Dood If (M-G) and 'Dangerous 
Blondes' (Col): .. Business has been 
bumper from start; stout $14,000. Last 
week, 'Sahara' (Col) and 'Lucky, Mr. 
Yates' (Col), fine $9,000. 

Mary Anderson (Libson) (1.000; 30- 
60)— 'Army' (WB) (5th wk). Hold- 
ing up consistently at good $7,000, a 
drop-off of about $1,000 from last 
week. 

National (Indie) (2,400: 40-65)— 
'Revenge Zombies' (Mono). and Milt 
Brittoh orch on stage, with Bonnie 
Baker, Carr Brothers. Stage show is 
responsible for the draw. Healthy 
$15,000. Last week, 'False' Faces' 
(Rep) and Russ Morgan orch sturdy 
$16,000. 

Rlalto (Fourth Avenue) (31400: 30- 
50)— 'Wintertime' (20th) and 'Good 
Fellows' (Par). Bangup $12,000. La.st 
week, 'Lady Takes Chance' (RKO) 
and 'Saint Meets Tiger' (Rep), sturdy 
$11,000 and moyeover. 

Strand (Fourth Avenue) (1.200: .10- 
50)— 'In Old Chicago' (20th) and 
'Banjo on Knee' (20th) (reissues). 
Lack of product prompted return of 
oldies, but only medium $3,500. is 
likely. Last week, 'Holy Matrimony' 
(20th) and 'Paris After Dark' (20lh). 
$3,000. 

'Chance' Sturdy $13,000, 



Hard-hitting shows on Broadway, 
including several holdovers whose 
staying- powers are unusually good, 
will again provide a strong 'total for 
the downtown houses, With election 
day yesterday (Tuesday) at weekend 
scales, contributing to the gross. The 
brownout effective. Monday (1 ), with 
marquees lit until 10. pirn.; may have 
encouraged the excellent trade done 
at night.' plus - fact it 'was election 
eve, when takes are usually up.. 
However, during the day, 'When no 
outdoor lighting was allowed under 
the hew regulations, business was 
also above that of a normal Monday. 
While night illumination is supposed 
to be decreased in intensity, on : 
Monday evening the marquees ap- 
peared as bright as prior to the old 
dimoiit. ■'■■•■No doubt WPB inspectors 
will look into. this. .:. " - ■. . 

New shows of the past week are 
'Top .Man,'- on first »Tun at the State 
with the Louis Armstrong, orchestra 
on stage, and 'The ■ Iron Major,' 
which moved into the Globe Satur- 
day (30 ). Latter is doing, strongly 
at an indicated- $16,000 or over, - al- 
beit not outstanding, while the State 
is pounding furiously for a possible 
$40,000. immense. 'Old Acquaint- 
ance' -was - added to the list yester- 
day : (Tuesday), having replaced 
'This Is the Army' at the Warner 
Hollywood. 

">A breakneck pace continues at the 
Roxy and Capitol:' At the .for'iner, 
With .'Sweet Rosie 0 : Grady' and a 
slage bill including Danny Kaye, 
Tommy Tucker- and Beatrice Kay, 
the second canto finished last night 
(Tuesday) at' a sensational $117,000, 
However, Kaye went off the show 
Saturday (30) for three days when 
called by "the Army for a draft 
examination. Miss Kay; complain:-, 
ing about her spotting on the show, 
walked after last night's perform- 
ance. -.•..' 

The Capitol, in its third' ..week 
with "Phantom of the- Opera', and 
Duke Ellington, plus Lena Horhe, in 
person, ."continues- at great speed, 
currently looking a possible $70, 
000. -socko. Another stagoshow 
operation,- the Paramount, playing 
'True to Life,' Ink Spots and Tony 
Pastor's band, ' remains exception- 
ally steady, with the third week 
through last, night (Tuesday) ac 
counting for a stout 1 $50,000. 

'Corvette K-225,' which today 
(Wednesday!) incepts its third weejt 
at the medium-sized Criterion, 
wound up the second at a very smart 
S26.000. while holding up' in great 
style is 'For Whom . the Bell Tolls,'' 
now on the third week under its 
consecutive-run policy at the Riv- 
oli. Indications point to about $43 
000. extremely good. 
.'Behind the Rising "Sun.* which 
closes its third week tonight (Wednes- 
day) at the Palace at an okay $19,- 
000, will be replaced tomorrow night 
(Thursday) by 'North Star,', which 
will have" a special reserved-scat 
$2.20 preem at the Palace, house be- 
ing closed during the day, and there 
after will play on continuous run 
at $1.65 top. ' Opening tomorrow 
night concurrently is a $2.20 un 
veiling at the Victoria, operated by 
Maurice Maurer. Both houses arc 
expected to be sold out for the 

■ proems';" Starting Friday <5). the 
Victoria will play the Sam Gbldwyn 
Diclure on a roadshow basis at $2.20 
tdp. : 

Hypoed by election day, 'Lassie 
Come Home.' how in the fourth-final 
week at the Music. Hall, should hit 
a big boneyard at- $100,000 to beat 
the prior week's $95,000. 

Estimates for This Week 
Astor (Loew's)- -(1.140; 55-$1.10) 
'Thousands: Cheer' (M-G), (8th wk). 
Maintains- good draught, the ( . 7th 
week, ended Monday, night (l).' hit- 
ling over $219000; previous. (6lh) 
slarua was $25,000. 

Capitol (Loew's) (4,820; 35-$l.lO)— 
'Phantom of Opera' (U) and, on 
stage. Duke : Ellington and Lena 
Home (3d wk). Steaming for pos- 
sible $70,00Q. exceptionally good, 
Last week/second, hit a smacko $74.-. 
000. Holds further. 

Criterion (Loew's) (1.700: 35-$1.25) 
—'Corvette' (U) (3d wk). Came past 



yesterday (Tuesday) to catch the 
Election day crowds. 'This Is the 
Army'.(WB) went .14 weeks short Of; 
two' days, on the final live dropping 
to $13,000, while the 13th week also : . 
was down at . $17,600: On the run, 
however, a tremendous money-gel ter 
at over $500,000. 

Palace (RKO ) (1.700; 44-$i;i0i— 
Behind Ri^iiig Siiri*- (RKQ) (3d-final 
wk i. .Goes oift tonight after a very, 
profitable -21-day run, concluding' 
week being. $19,000, while the second 
ran to a shbstanlially ' fine $30,000. 
North Star' (Goldwyn-RKO ) starts 
continuous, run at $1.65 . top. Friday . 
(5). following reserved-seat opening' . 
tomorrow night at $2.20 top. 

Paramount. (Par) (3.604; 35-S1.10) , 
— 'True.to Life' (Par ) and Ink Spots. 
Tony Pastor; others. (4th-final wk). 
Sturdy at $50,000 for the. third week 
ended last night (Tuesday), close to- 
the second wheiv $55,000 -was drawn. 

Radio City Music Hall (Rocke- 
fellers) (.5.1)45: 44-$l.C5» — 'Lassie 
Come: Home' (M-G) and stageshbw 
(4th-flnal wk ). Of highly-pedigreed ' 
stock, dog picture; should' claw its 
way to a very snappy $100,000 this 
week., its last, better than third's. 
$95,000, also plenty of dog 'biscuits. '- : 
'Claudia' (20th). opens tomorrow 
(Thursday). 

RUIto (Mayer) (594; 28-65 >— 'Paris 
After Dark' (20th) (2d-final wk). 
Holdover o\'.er average at $8,000 or 
close, while .initial seven days hit. . 
near to $12,000, very nice. "Son of 
Dracula" (U) opens tomorrow 
(Thursday ). * 

Rlvoll (UA-Par > (2.092; 75-S1.05 )— 
'Bell Tolls' I Par) (3d . wk I. Cur- 
rently on third .week of grind run 
and still hitting on all sixes, take 
looking "an excellent $43,000. Last 
week (2d) was $46,000. Looks; to re- 
main here considerably longer: , 

Roxy (20th) (5.886: 55-$1.10>— 
'Sweet Rosie O'Grady' (20th ) and, in 
person, Danny Kaye. Tammy Tucker ■ 
and Beatrice Kay (3d wk).. Amazing 
boxbffice impetus of . show brouglit 
$119,000 last week (1st J., with rain 
■keeping it from being higher; while 
second concluded last night (Tues- 
day); with ' aid of Election dav. 
brought take - to $117,000, in both 
cases highest scored here in 15 years. 
Kaye was out of the show Saturday- 
Sunday-Monday (.30-31-1.) due to 
Army draft examination, while Miss 
Kay retired from: the bill last night 
(Tuesday) due td dislike'of her spot- 
ting on the show. 

. State (Loew's) (3,400; 35-$1.10>— 
.'Top Man' (Uj .< 1st' run) and Louis 
Armstrong orch. Corhbination.of all- 
colored stageshbw and picture spell- ■ 
ing very , big biz here, prospects be- 
ing sanguine for $40,000. Last week 
was also away up there at $37,000 
with -Johnny Come Lately' (UA) (2d 
run) and Ann Corib. Herb Miller- 
orch, others, in person-. 

Strand (WB ) (2,756; . 35.-S1.10)— 
■Thank Lucky Stars' (WB) and 
Sammy Kaye (5th-linal wk). Hardly 
faltering at all on blowoff, with $31,- 
000 likely, close to the $33,000 hit. last 
week (4th), good enough in both 
cases. .'Princess O'Rourke' (WB), 
Shop Fields' and Merry Macs open 
Friday (5). 

Victoria (Maurer) (720: 75-S2.20)— 
'North Star' iGoldwyn-RKO). Opens 
roadshow run here tom.orrbw . night 
(Thursday), playing day-and-dale 
with Palace where engagement will 
be on a continuous basis. . 



fhdnk " 'Dood It ? WAG ; the barrier last night (Tuesday) on 
inapt*., VWtU 11 .11/2-U . . lhe sccond . , ap for ^ vfer y strong 



Indianapolis, Nov, 2: 
Biz lias leveled off at . most .^pols 
here after last week's fast pace; but 
grosses still are strong. 'Lady . Takes, 
a; Chance.' at the Indiana, is out in' ■ 
front, with 'I Dood It' getting plenty 
of attention at Loew's.; .'Fallen Spar- 
row' is : showing nice profll at Circle. 
Estimates for This Week 
Circle (Katz-Dolle) (2.800: 30-50.)— 
'Fallen Sparrow' (RKO) and 'This Ts 
Washington' (RKO ) ."••• A vcrage $9,500. 
.Last week. 'Top Man' ,(U) an.l 
'Holmes Faces' Death' <U) .sturdy 
$10,200. 

Indiana (Katz-Dolle) (3.300; 30-50) 
—'Lady fakes Chance" iRKO> and 
'Hoosier Holiday' (Rep). Strong SI3'.- 
000. Last. woek. JLct's Face It; ■ Par i 
and -'Good Fellows' (Par), sma-li 
$15,500. 

Keith's (Indie) (1.200: 30-55' — 
'Citadel Crime' -(Rep): plus, vat me. 
Trim $4,700 in four-day run.. Las; 



lap 

$26,000.. "while , smash $35,000 Was 
garnered, the first Week.. 

Clobe (Brandt) (1,416:; 35-85)— 
'Iron Major' (RKO). Not on the sen- 
sational ;side bu* strong at .$17,000 or 
thereabouts. and : holds over. ; Last 
week: third for 'Hostages' (Par), was 
SO.flOO. good. 

Hollywood (WB) '(1.499: 44-$1.25) 
—'Old Acquaintance' (WBI- Opened 



week, ..$5,000. \ . same time on 
'Thumbs Up'. (Rep) and vaude. 

Loew's (Loew's) -'•(2,450; , »*0-S0.)^ 
"Dood II' (M-G i and 'Hitler's Mad 
man' (M-G)'.. Qkc SI 1,500. Last Week, 
-Sahara' (Col), and 'Dangerous 
Blondes" (Col), fine $12,200. 
; . Lyric (Katz-Dolle) (1,600: 30-50)- 
'Let> I'ace It" (Par; and 'Good Fcl 
ioV?' .'(Pari. Nifty $C,000 on move 
over. Last week. 'Princess O'Rourke' 
'WB' and 'Nobody's Darling' (WB) 
rr.ovoovers,. nr.'t SS.OOO. 



'Corvette/ Leader In 
Mont'l, Great $13,000 

Montreal, Nov. 2. 

New product in most class 'A* 
houses, with "Corvette K-225! out in 
front with, sock biz. R^inricr-up is 
Stormy Weather.' . 

Estlmalen for This Week 

Palace (CT) . (2:700; 30-62 >.4,'Cor- 
veite K-225' (U'. Pacing smash $13,- 
000. Last week, repeal of 'Let's Face 
It" (Par), snappy $9,000. 

Capitol (CT) (2.700; 30-62 >— . 
Stormy Weather' (20th) and 'Pass;-, 
port Suez" ' (Col > . Big $1 T.OOO; ... Last 
weekj h.o. 'Baiaan' (M-G> and 
'Never Dull Moment' (U). good. 
$7,000. 

Loew's (CT) (2.800; 35-67)— 'Phan- 
tom Opera' (U> (4th wk;; Big $8:500 
following lush '$10;500' third stanza. 

Princess (CT' (2.300: 30-52) — 
'Blow Up America' (20th) and 'Lar- 
ceny With .'Music' (U): Handsome 
$6,500. Last week, h.o. "Desperadoes- 
(Col) arid .'Redhead. Manhattan* 
(Col.). : good $5,800. .."••' 
■ Strand (United Amusements i <750; : 
35-45)— 'Daring Young Man' (Col) 
and 'Silver, Ciiv Raiders' (CoTi. Stout 
$3,500.- " Last week, 'Corregidor' 
(PRC) arid 'Behind Prison .Walls' 
'PRC). $3,200. 

. Orpheum (Ind) (1.100: 30-60' — 
'Canteen' (UA) U7th wk>. Still 
clicking at around S2.500. Lost week. 
about. same. 

St. Denis (France-Film ) (2.500; 30- . 
40)— 'La Damje'de Coeur' and "Mm 
Coeur Balance,' G()od.S.).000. ;Last 
weelt. 'IjOiiisp' and "M'sieu AlBpif. 
'stmil'-S5."<nn' 



10 PICTURE GROSSES 



Wednesday, November. .3, 1 9<| 3 



Rain Slows Up Hub But 'Face It' Okay 
; Ditto 'Sparrow'-Lucas, 



Boston, Nov.. a.-' 
-Let's - Face . It,' at the Mot. and 
'Fallen ; Sparrow.'- with stage, combo, 
etlhe Boston; art the week's new en-, 
tries here- as h.b.'s dominate. First 
looks good at $30,000: second is okay 
$26:000. Biz is off-: generally follow- 
ing nearly, a fall week of rain,, but 
there are signs Of an upsurge in the 
current week. 

Estimates for This Week .. . 
BoKlon iRKO) (3.200; 44-99)—. 
'Fallen Sparrow' (RKO) plus Clyde 
!'Lu'cas orch, others, on. stage/. Good 
at $26!00O.' Last vveek, 'Crime Doc- 
tor' -lUt plus Woody Herman orch. 
others, oh stage, dwindled in rain to 
$28,500. 

-Feriwav (M-P) (1,373; 75-$1.10l— 
■Bell Tolls' i Par). Hereafter big 
twosome at Met and fairly good at 

. $10,000. High price apparently , re- 
sented. Last week; 'Army' (WB) (2d 
wk l. oke S6.000.. 

■;' Majetttc (E.~M. Loew) (1,470: 44- 
'9M)—"Girl from - Monterey- (PRC) 
plus stage acts; Small $10.000.. Last 
week, 'Hi Ya Sailor.' (U) stage 
»ho\v. ditto.- . ' . - ' 
Memorial ! RKO) (2.900: 44-75)— 

.'Iron Major' (RKO) and. 'Never Dull 
■Momtiil'. ilM . (2d .wk): Dropped to 
$24,000. but still good. Last, week, 
hypoed l»v personal appearances, etc., 
gravid $35,000. • .; 

Metropolitan (M-P) (4,367: -35-65) 
—'Lei's Face It- (Par) ;and 'Passport 
Sueii" i Col ). Reverting to regular 
policy following 'Bell,' but holding 
tip to.. an okay $30,000. Last week. 
•Bill.TOIls",cPaT) 1 2d- wk) (advanced 

, scale!, stout $41,500 after first week's 
seiisalioivarS63.000. . ~. 

-6r.phe.uni (Loew) (2.900; 44-65)— 
'Johnny Come Lately? lUA) and. 
'Na'zly Nuisance' '(UA) (2d • wk)! 
Comfortable $23,000. Last week; big 
$30,000. 

.Paramount iM-P) (1.700; 75-$l. 10) 
—•Bell Tolls' (Pari, Here. after two 
a I Met. but not so good. Disappoiht- 
. ing $20,000. price being figured loo 
high.; Last .week, 'Army' (WB) (2d 
wk ). nice $14,000. 

Slate ( Loew £(3.200: 44.-65)— John^ 
ny Come Lately' (UA) and ..'Nazty 
Nuisance' (UA) 1 2d wk). Down to 
so-so $10,000. Last week, neat $14,000. 
. Translux (Translux) (900; 28-65) — 
•Jsle.Fo.rgotlon. Sins' (PRC) and 'Boys 
of City' iMoiio).. Good $6,300. Last 
week. ^Unknown Guest'- (Mono) and 
•Tiger Fangs' (Rep). $6,800. 



'Phantom' Torrid At 
$17,000, Buffalo Ace; 
'Lady Chance' Big 16G 

Buffalo, Nov. 2. 
Not much to shout about this week, 
excepting 'Phantom of Opera.' This 
musical thriller is plenty socket at 
the Lafayette. •■; -' 

Estimate's, for This week 
. Buffalo (Shea) '3.500; 35-55,)--' 
■ Moliiiny Come Lately' (UA)' and 
'Nalzy Nuisar.ee' i'UAK' Mild $15.- 
000: Last w_cck. Thank Lucky Stars' 
(WB>. strong S1S.000. 

Great Lakes i.Sh'ca » (3.000: 35-551— 
'Best Foot Forward" iM-G). Unex- 
citing at S15.000. Last week. .'Bell 
Tolls' (Pari Ckl wk). sturdy $14:000. 

Hipp i Shea i i2.100; 35-55)— Thank 
Lucky Stars" (WB). Moved from 
BufTalo. Okay $8,500. Last week. 
•Hostages' .(Par) and "Good Fellows" 
(Par), so-so $8,300. 

Lafayette i Basil ) (3.300; 35-55 )— 
'Phantom Opera" (U) and 'All By 
Myself (U): Soaring to smash $17.- 
000. or a bit over. Last week. -King- 
dom for. Cook'' (Col) -and 'Crime Doc- 
tor" 'Col), passable $10,000. 

20lh Century (Ind) (3.000; 35-55) 
— "Lady Takes Chalice' (RIfO). Po-, 
tent $16,000. Last week, 'Princess 
O.'Rourkc". (.WB ) and 'Murder Water- 
front - (WB) (2d wk). solid $14^000. 



Carney a'nd Marion Hulloh on stage. 
Torrid $30,000. Last- Week, -'Spitfire' 
(RKO). with' Richard Himber orch, 
Allan Jones, oh stage, grand $29,000. 

State (Loew'sV (3,450; 35-55)— 'Man 
from Down Under* (M-G>. They're 
not buying Charles Laughton in war- 
yarns here: result is sad $9,500. Last 
week. 'Dob* It" (M-G). solid $18,000. 

Stlllmari (Loew's) (2.700: 35-55 Ft 
■Dood II' (M-G) (2d wk). Brisk $7,- 
000. ' LksI week: 'Let's'Face It' (Par) 
1 3d wk)/ nice $7,500.; 

Herman Ups 'Gillespie' 
To Neat $26,000 in D C; 
'Face It'-Vaudfr Ditto 

Washington. Nov. -.. 
Three days of driving rain hit- biz' 
downtown last w.eek. Moisture cost 
fii-st ..wins and neighborhoods at least 
$50,000. 'Let's Face It.' received 1 kind- 
ly by critics, will right it. out with 
'Dr. Gillespie's Criminal, Case' and 
Woody Herman .band for top . hote 
(his week. . 'Bell Tolls.' iii seventh 
week'.at ; Columbia, is still a sturdy 
contender.. City That Stopped Hit-, 
ier' a'nd 'Adventures of Rookie,', first 
double feature, on ' F street, flivvered 
badly; giving- the Metropolitan its 
low gross of the year. Pulled after 
six days. ',',.. -'!'■ 

Estimates for This Week 
Capitol (Loew) (3.434;, 38-75)— 'Dr. 
Gillespie's Criminal, ease' tM-G), 
with Woody Herman orch! on stage. 
Jitterbugs w ill boost this one to neat 
$26,000. Last week. 'Dood If (M-G) 
(2d wk) plus vaude headed by Wihi 
Shaw; .Rain' kept gross down lo thip 
$17,000. ' ...-'.' * 

: Columbia (Loew) (1,200: 75-$l. 10) . 
-rBell Tolls'. (Par) (7th wk). Final 
week should get okay $10,000: Last 
week.' hurt by- rain, only about $9,000. 
. Ea'rle (WB) (.2.242; 30-90)— 'Let's 
Face It' (Par) plus vaude. Given- 
good sendoff by' crix. -nice $26,000. 
Last week: 'Sahara' (Col). Suited 
out like a world-beater. !but: later 
was. rained out.. $22,000, fine consid- 
ering.: - 

Keith's iRKO). . (1,800; .30-55)— 
SkvV the Limit' (RKO) (2d wk). 
Looks like good profit at $9,500. Last 
week. oke. $16:500. - . 

Metropolitan (WB) (KSOOT 30-55) 
—'Lady Takes Chance". iRKO). On 
eight-day run should do $8,000, 
sturdy. Last' week, : 'City Stopped 
Hitler' ' (Par) afi"d'""TAdvenlures 
Rookie.' (RKO).'- No soap, and 
yanked after .r\x days after sad 
$4,200. 

Palace (Loew) (2.242: .30-66)— 
■joh'nivy Come Lately' (UA) (2d wk). 
Neat $14,000 after .so-so $16,000 .first 
week, with rain hurting.. 



'Face It' Bright $17,000 
Easy Winner in Balto. 

Baltimore, Nov. 2. 

Navy Day parade, -which lasted 
hours last Sunday <3I), kept the 
stUbho\ders'away on a big day, but 
biz on the week is generally, good. 
In . heavy list of h.o.s,; 'Lei's Face It' 
is having things its own way at the. 
Stanley, ..'The Adventures of Tartu,' 
Which ran into additional troubles 
Saturday ('30 1 night at; Loew's Cen- 
tury, through spectacular Are in 
building directly across the street, 
looks all right. Repeaters are all 
maintaining steady pace. 

Estimates for This Week 

Centuiv. iLoew's-UA) (3,000; 17- 
55)— Tartu' l M-G): Fairish $13,000. 
Last .week. 'Dood If (M-G). Okay 
$14,200. • 

Hippodrome . iRappaport) (2,240; 
17-66)— 'Lady: Takes' Chance' (RKO) 
(2d wk) plus new vaude layout. 
Holding up well at $14,000 after 
wham $18,900 on initial try. 
'-. KeMh s iSchanberger) (2.460: 17- 
55')-^'Phantom Opera* (U) opens 
tomorrow (.Wednesday) . after four 
weeks of •Bell Tolls' (Par) at'upped 
scale of 75c and $1.10.. :Final round 
was $13,200, vev. big after previous, 
takes. .•:'■ ' - : ' ■• 

May/air •( Hicks) (980; 25-50)— ^ 
•Sleepy Lagoon' (Rep).' Solid $6,000. 
Last week 'Always Bridesmaid' (tf), 
all right $4,2,00. 

New (Mechanic) (1.680; 17-55)— 
•Rosie O'Grady' (20th) (2d. wk). Go-: 
ing s'troqg al $9,000 after healthy 
opening round of $12,700. 

Stanley (WB) (3..280; 20.-60)— 
'Let's Face ii' i Par l . Robust at $17,- 
000. Last week, second of Thank 
Lucky Stars' (WB), fell off to $8,- 
900 after. big initial sesh of $20,200: .' 



'Top Man'-Allen-Vaude 
Smash $30,000, Gleve. 

Cleveland., NOV. 2, 
.Notre ame-Navy grid ' gamc. ; 
vhich 'dhimmed up record' crowd 
here last Saturday. ' look ball away 
fronr key houses, but latter arc still 
scoring heavily. Palace is- .smashing 
. through 'the line for the biggest coin 
■with Top Man.', wilh; Alan Carnfty 
and Bob Allen's orchestra running 
..'■'interference^ 

Estimates for This Week 
Allen (RKO) (3.000; 35-55 )^De- 
alioycr' (Col) (2d wk). Good $7,500, 
Last week. 'Phantom of Opera' (U) 
(2d wHh same on moveover. 
- Hipp (Warners) 13.700: 35:55)— 
•Claudia - • 1 20th) . Showing . some 
mighty fancy footwork with mighty 
•22.500. Last week. 'Destroyer.' ' i Co) >, 
Jast $18,500. 

Lake (Warners) (800; 35-55)— 
■•Phantom,- Opera' '(U) (3d \vk i. Okay 
$3,000 on moveover, duplicating last 
Keek's "Rising Sun' (RKO) (3d wk) 
Ohio (Loew's) (1.200: 75c-$1.10)-r- 
•Bell Tolls' (Par) 6th ' wk). Satisfac- 
-lory* $12,000 on sixth round, and anr 
other one in offing, after. $12,500 last 
week. 

Palace (RKO) (3.700; 85-85)— Top 
Man' (U) plus Bob Allen orch, Alan 



SC0LLARD WEST ON 
SOEG'S 15% DEMAND 

Hollywood. Nov. 2. 

C. J. Scollai'd of Paranibunl, chair 
man iit the exchanges committee, is 
expected' here Friday ■ iSi . lo take 
pai l in negotiations between dim ex- 
changes, and the Screen Olficc Em 
ployees. Guild on the letter's bid for 
a 15'; pay hike. 

The SOF.G si.il I- ts awaiting word 
from nroduceis on ils demand for 
•a 1 l l wage boost for 2.000 white-col- 
lar workers lh the studios. 



Cleve. Gets ODT Okay 
On Sun. Film-Delivery 

The Office of Defense Transporta- 
tion has come to the. aid- of dislri - 
tors and exhibitors in the. Cleveland 
area, where the. local ODT board had 
ordered, that no film deliveries;c.ouId 
be made ;ori Sundays. ; 

Following appeal by the .distribu- 
tors., .the ODT ruled that while no 
more than five .deliveries can be 
made over ' -day, periods each 
week. inch! ing Sunday, cait be 
chosen' : This .is- an important day, 
especially so ' ickups are. con- 

cerned. 




Theatres Agree 
On Wage Tilts 

Detroit, Nov. 2. 

Shorlcvitling any. hearing before 
the War Laoor : Board, an agreement 
has been reached- in substance, be- 
tween . the' local IATSE and major 
Detroit chains on wage increases for 
service employees! The '. tentative 
agreement sees wage hikes in most 
categories with' only a. formal okay - 
required fronv the Governmental: 
conciliator. 

- The agreement is being worked out 
between Local B-179 . and the : two 
biggest chains; Cooperative Theatres 
and United Detroit Theatres, which 
presages . a similar pay scale for' 
other chains and independent houses 
here: 

• While all figures have not been re- 
leased! .the hew. contracts - would set 
. up a price scale of 50c an hour for 
ushers in the loop district and 45c 
for. the .neighborhoods. It also will 
boost cashiers; $3 s week. 



Detroit Holds Up; 'Canteen' Strong 
$34,000, 'Phantom Dualed Big 36G 



Studio Wages Skid 

Sacramento, Nov. 2. 

Film industry wajges for Septem- 
ber skidded. '. .si ightly \ below the 
August mark but were sliy far above 
record for the month in 1942.. : 

Average weekly earnings for the 
recent. September w-er'e $72.45, as 
•gainst $51:68 . a year ago. For 
August, 1943, 'the weekly .average 
was' $73.73.: 



Good Will Briefies 

^Hollywood, Nov. 
Coluiribi is' into the hands- 

across-- -border campai in 
'Screen "Snapshots,'... roduccd by 
Ralph Staub, recently returned from 
Mexico -City wliere he .worked out 
ideas tor.*" series of shorts based on 
the personalities and growth of the 
film industry south, of the Rio 
Grande. 

Pictures will be released in English 
and Spanish, in cooperation with the 
Motion Picture Society for 
Ahncrivas. 



the 



Sparrow' Tops New Pix 
In K G., Brisk at 10G; 
'Sahara' Torrid HG,2d 

* Kansas City. Nov. 2. 
. Giosse.-- aie down this week, with 
holdovers in dfliixers slowing the 
pace. 'Bell tolls.' in its fourth and 
final round at the Newman, again is 
leader. ;Sah;:ra.V in ■ second week at 
the . Midland with 'Dangerous 
Blondes.' is next besl_ weet Rpsie 
O'Grady,' riay-and-date . at Esquire, 
Uptown and- Fairway. Is steady on 
h.o. 

'Fallen Sparrow,' at the Orpheum, 
looks to be the prize newcorncr. 
Estimates for' This Week ; 
Esquire. , l.'ptown • Fairway 

iFox-MidwesI) (820. ; and "700; 
il-CO)— Rbsie OCiady' (20th) (2d 
wk). Brisk $10,000 following grand 
$13,500 initial round. 

Midland iLoews) (3:500: .- -50)— 
'Sahara' (Col) and 'Dangerous 
Blondes' iCol) >2d wk ). Hot $11,000 
lo add to srtii.sh- $15,000 opening 
stanza. . . ■ 

Newman i Pari.nYounl) 1 1 .900; 75- 
$1:10)— Bell Tolls - (Par). 1 4lh wk). 
SteadS" at SI2.000. Tolal 6r $05,500 
rung Hp for three previous weeks.' 

bi pheuih i RKO ) > 1 .600: 15-60)-^' 
'Falien Sparrow' iRKO) and 'Advent- 
lures Rookie' i RK6). ; Bright $10:000. 
Last week, 'Rising Sun' ,( RKO) and 
'Aldrich Swings It' '(Par) (2d wk). 
okay $10,500 after great $.15,000 first 
frame. 

Tower i Fox-.T6ffec) (Z.100: 15-50) 
■Holmes Faces Death' (U) and 'Re- 
venge Zombies' iMohor plus! vaude:' 
Nice $9,000, Last Week, 'Kansnn' 
(UA) and .'Old Bain Diince' (Rep) 
plus stage show, $10 : 000. 



Picture Finns Hopeful 
On Eased Fire Rules 
For Print Containers 

Since the National .Board of Un- 
derwriters and the Interstate Com- 
merce Commission have approved 
use of fabricated '.containers 'for film, 
the industry is hopeful that the 
present N. City ordinance may. 
be amended, as a- wartime . measure 
at least,- permit the. storin of 
raw stock and prints in.thisc cases. 
'An. argUmeiil in (his -direction is '.ox-, 
peeled to be that die fiber boxes arc 
okay. In every '•_ exchange ceh; 
ter in . the country excepiin :N. Y., 
where the' ire Department has 
storied cracking down on; buildings 
where film is stored. 

While the Fire'Dept. allows manu- 
facturers lo ship iaw stock in .the 
fabricated cases, and prints may be 
sent to N. Y. exchanges ii these 
cases, the depari men t insists! within 
short lime 'limits, thai the film has 
to be taken oui of thes ; boxes and 
placed in metal containers. Also, the 
fire officials refuse allow.' ex- 
changes to place the large cardboard 
boxes of film into Ihe vaults. 

Worried over the drive ot the 
N. Y. Fire Dept. iii seeing- that all 
the regulations are lived up fo, 
homeoftices Of the: film companies 
are ihakin inspections' and. instruct- 
ing their exchange' heads to live up 
to., the-: rules, but exchanges', it's 
pointed out,' find.,' ..almost impos- 
sible to adhere the "severe rcgu- 
lalions as the Fire Dept. .wants' it. 

The. fabricated containers, adopted 
for industry usageVwhen it "'became' 
apparent there! 'would, be-; a siiorliige 
of tin. have passed .tests by the Un- 
derwriters and the . ICC oil the 
ground that they- are' safer -..than tin 
cases, since tin is a greater conveyor, 
of heal. . ' 

• WPB May OK Tin 

With an appeal currently pending 
before the N. -Y. Board of Standards 
and Appeals over the storing' and 
shipping of films in . cardboard con- 
tainers Don ynian, of the Easl- 
ruati Co.'; ineaiiuhile has notified 
distributors of a proniised allocation 
of .block slecl from the War Produc- : 
lion Board which will again permit 
shipment of all film in tin in the 
very 'near, future. 

The. Eastman' Co! lawyers.' as well 
as those 'representing the various 
distribs whose exchanges, it's charged 
are flie hazards clue to the storage 
ot the cardboard containers, will ap- 
pear before the .Standard's' Board, to- 
morrow (Thursday) Co- appeal the 
move which would prevent further 
shipment 'of the celluloid in the ribn-. 
'tin. containers'. 

The violation rule .. nded 
down despite a recent dempiistralion 
at trie Eastniah plant ill Rochester 
which company officials contend was 
ample proof that the film could be 
stored safely in cardboard. . 



♦ Detroit, Nov. 2. 

There's plenty of strength left in 
Detroit despite some sag reflected in 
the extefided runs which have been 
prevalent here. 

Catching the strong play are the 
sole two fresh, bills to move into the' 
loop this week, With a close race 
coming up between 'Stage Door Can- 
teen' at the Palms-State and Phan- 
tom. .Of the Opera' plus 'Dancing' 
Masters' at the Fox. -Both are hit- 
ting toward boprn grosses with :Lcfa 
Face It* and 'Alaska Highway" at ihe ■ 
Michigan; strong in its continuation. - 

Estimates for This Week 

.' Adams (Balabaii) (1,700; 55-76)— 
'Sahara' (Col) (3d wk) and 'Larceny, 
With. Music 1 (U). Former, moved . 
over after two- great weeks at the 
Fox', aimed at .fine $9,000. Last week, 
•Everybody.) Happy'. (Ceil) . and 
'Dangerous':. rBlondesV (Col ), •" fresh 
starters got nice $8,500. - ' 

Broadway-Capitol (United Detroit) 
(2.800; 55-75)-r-Watch ; on Rhine' 
(WB) and 'Good Fellows' (Par) Od 
wk). Continues to better!, expecta- 
tions on continued run. with $12,000' 
due after last! (week's brisk* $15,000. 

Fox- ''•('Fox-Michigan) (5,000;. 55-75) 
— 'Phanlom'- (U) and 'Dancing Masl- . 
evs' (20th). Headed fdr, big $36,000. 
Last week. 'Sahara' (Col) and "Al- 
ways Bridesmaid' (U ) (2d wk), 
beltcrcd guess with h robust $29,000. 

Madison' (United bclroit>^:(1.800; 
55-"5)r^-Ba(aan' (M-G) aiul 'Mr. Big'- 
(U ). Pair repealing for ii great 
$5,200. Last weeky 'Hers:lo Hold' (U) 
and. "Asslgnmehl Brittany' iM-G), 
okay $4,700. 

Miehigan (United Detroit > ' 4.000; 
55-I5.i— ;Let's Face If ■ <Par) • and 
'Alaska Highway' (Par) i'2d wk), 
Bob Hope fih likely to. follow with 
$26:000' - after':' lust- week's- socko 
$34,000. 

Talms-State (United- Detroit) 
(3.000; 55-75)— Stage Door Caiileeu* . 
■ UAj. Opens to great $34;o00. Last 
week. 'Behind Rising Sun' (RKO) 
and •Spitfire's Blessed Event' (RKCi) 
(3d wk): wound up .surprisingly.-, 
strong session w;iih $11,000. 

I'niled Artists (United Detroil) 
(2,000: 75-$1.10)-^'Bell Tolls' iT'ai) 
(5lh - wkl. This - will inark -final 
slanza '.here, with $14,000. tUie alter 
last week's good '$20,000. 
.- Wilson (1.900; $U0-$1.1>5) t- Bell 
Tolls' (Par) .(.5th wk). Now down' lo 
reserved-seat basis for night, shows, 
will- hold up lo' $7,000 on . three.-' 
shows-a-'day policy. Last week, okay 
$9,000'.: Pic will carry on here, follow- 
ing United Artists bowbut this week . 
with ils four-a'-day program'. 



SAG Demands lipped 
Scale for Day Players 

Hollywood: Nov. 
: New wage demands by Screen 
Acloi-.s Guild call, for' a --.minimum of 
$6.75 a day, a'boosl from $5.50 for 
atmosphere players, the lowest 
stratum .in '.the acting induslry. 

In higher scales the. stand-ins aiid 
$10.SO players dc»iiiauri,$12!75 and ithe 
cowboys, iccska icr's, and dancers ai;e 
declaring for . $16.50.. Skaters also 
vpant 15-minutc rest periods every 
working hour and higher wage rates 
'■when- -'they furnish their .own cos- 
lumes and skates. Guild asks that 
the new rates be made retroactive lo 
Jan. 1, 1943. ':. 



'Iron Major' Sockeroo 
$18,000, 'Sahara' Ditto, 
Prov.; '0'Rourke' 12G 

Providence, N.nv! 2. 
Main stemnicrs are falling inlo re- 
verse. English hereabouts, cnmpliiin- 
in« they Are too busy and tha.t (he 
manpower siliuitipn is really 'a- -ma- 
jor problem. Riding high this w^ck 
■are" RKO -.Albee's "Iron Major,' 
Loew's State's 'Sahara,' and Majes- 
ties "Princess O'Rourkc.' Strand . 
opened Monday (1) with Sleepy 
Lagoon.' 

Estimates for This Week 
Albee (RKO) (2,300: 30-50— 
'Iron Major' iRKO) and 'Spitfire's 
Blessed Event' (RKO). Ruth War- 
rick personal appearance openin 
day helrJed. Headed for sock $IB; r 
000. Last week. 'Adventures Rookie' 
(RKO). and •Spitfire' <RKQ>; solid 
$14,000. 

Carlton (Fay-Loew) (1.400: .30-50) 
—'Thank Lucky Stars' ( WB) (2d 
run ): " Snappy. $3,800. Last. week. 
■Johnny Come - Lately' (UA) and 
'Chance' of Lifetime" (Col ) i-2d run >, 
solid $4,000. 

Fay's (Fay) (2.000: 30-50)— 'A<1- 
ve'lure in Iraq' (WB) plus vaude 
on stage. Holding fairlv steady at 
$5,200. Last wgek. -Rains Came' - 
(20th) (reissue) plus vaude. good 

$5,000. ■- ; ■■;-. 

Majestic- (Fay) 1 2.200; 30-501— 
Princess 0"RoUrke' (WB) and •Mur- 
der Oh Waterfront'! (\VB>. Getting 
a nice lift to swell $12:000. . l;:i..-t 
week. -Lucky Stars' (WB1.. J1 1.000. 
■ Metropoliian (Snyder) (.'1.201): 36.-, 
59>— 'Thirteenth Guest'' (Mono) and 
'Gay Nineties' tidio Rcvue'on i>!ag.e 
for- three-day wotkend fun. S'rong . 
$8,500. Last, week. 'Campus Rhythm' 
(Mono!) and stage show . fcaiining. 
Hi. Low; Jack and! Dame and . oft 
Mario orch,: good $6,000. in three-da 
run.;, ;..'-.!■ 

State (Loew) (3.200; 30-50ir- Sa- 
hara' (Col). Opened .strong ai>d 
heading for smash $.18,000. ' 'IJist. 
week; 'Top Mao' (U) and "Dr. .Gilr 
lespie's Criminal Case' .'M-G ). ditto. 

Strand (Silverman) (2,000: 30-50) 
—.'Sleepy- Lagoon' t par Land 'Alaska 
Highwuy' (Par). Opened Monday 
( 1 ). Last week, "Bell Tolls" ( Par ) 
(2d wk), snappy $28,000 at upt*d 
prices. 



Wednesday, November 3, 19-13 P^S tilETY 11 




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J^RIETY 



Wednesday, November 3, . 19-13 





Wednesday* November 8, 1943 




Big $33,000, Frisco; 'Limit' Mild 20G 



San Francisco, Nov; 2. 

Crosses ate' currently strong on 
main stem. ■ Lifting of the dimout' 
ban has helped biz considerably. 
Many .' holdovers -current ar« riot 
slowing up pace. .'Sky's the Limit'- is 
niild at .the I Paramount, but Andrews 
Sisters and Mitch Ay res' -band are 
boosting 'Petticoat Larceny' to a 
rousing figure at the- Golden Gate. 
Estimates for This Week ■ 

Alcazar (F-WC) (1.149; 50-75)— 
•Gone With Wind' (M-G*T Splendid 
$9,000: Last week! 'Wintertime* 
(20th) and 'Hoosier Holiday' (Rep) 
(2d stanza . in' Frisco), fair $5,000. 
. Fox (F-WC) (5,000; 55-75)— 'Rosie 
O'Grady' (20th) with 'West. Side 
Kids' (Rep) (2d wk l. Big . $25,000. 
Last week, terj-if $3.3.500. 
V Golden Gate .'(RKO) (2.850: 56-75). 
— Petticoat Larceny'; ; (RKO ) plus 
Andrews Sisters. Mitch: Ayres orch, 1 
others, on -stage: Sweet -$33,000. 
Last week, 'Fallen ■■Sparrow' ( RKO) 
plus D'A'rlega orch oh stage (2d 
wk t. snappy $24,000. 
• Orpheum (Blumcnfeld) (2.400: 60- 
75)— 'Phantom Opera'. (U) (3d wk). 
*lice $11,500. Last week, stout; $14,- 
900, .'■'". 

Paramount (F-WC) (2,470; 55-75) 
— 'Skv's Limit' (RKO): and 'Here 
Comes Kelly' (Mon6). ; Mild $20,000. 
Last week.-.'Bell Tolls' (Par). (8th: 
stanza in Frisco), colossal $28,700. 

St. Francis (F-WC) (1.475; 85- 
$1.10)— 'Bell Tolls' (Par) Ot h week 
in town). Moved over from. Para- 
mount for strong $20,000'. Last week. 
'Thank Lucky Stars' (WB) (3d Week 
downtown), good $12,000. 
. United Artists (Bhimcnfcld) (UA) 
f 1.100: (i0-75 >— "Johnny Come Lately' 
(UA) and 'Yanks Ahov' (UA) (2d 
wk i. Okay $13,500. Last week, nice 
$15,300. 

Warfleld t F-WC ) (2.650; 55-75)— 
'Return of Dr. X' (WB) (reissue), 
plus streamlined version of The 
Drunkard.! on- stage. ' ; Bahgup $27,- 
500:' Last week. •Myslory Broadcast' 
(Rep) and' stage show, 'Mcet'the 
Girls:'; Mild $21,000. 



'Face It' Sets Seattle's 
Pace, Boffo $23,200, Two 
Spots; 'Opera 7 Sock 14G 

Seattle. Nov. . " 
' Bob Hope's recent p.a: at the big 
show recruiting -.-workers for Boeing's 
is credited With helping 'Let's -Face 
It.' his new comedy, to smash total at 
the Fifth - Aye. and . Music Hall.; 
.'Phanlodi ' of Opera" is sock at 'the. 
Orpheum a hd 'Sahara' terrific on sec- 
ond session at fhe Liberty- after a' 
sensational first , week.; . 

Estimates for this Week 

Bint Mouse (H-E) (800; 40-75) — . 
'Above Suspicion' 1M-G) (2d wk). 
Good. $5.000. . Last Week. 'Salute Ma- 
rines' (M-'G) (3d wk), six days, okc 
$4,500. ■;; ..',.' ■ . . .. 

• Fifth Avenue (H-E) (2.339: 40-75) 
— 'Face It' (Par). Big campaign aid- 
ing to terrif $15:500. Last week. 
'Above Suspicion' (M-G). big $13,200. 

Liberty (J and vH) (1.650: 40-65)— 
■Sahara' (Col) (2d wk ). . Nice, cam- 
paign., including radio plugs, paying 
off this week at sensational .$12,000.' 
Last week, smash $15,000. sensational 
for this house. '■•■■: 

Music Box (H^E)' (850: 40-75)— 
'Rosie . O'Grady' i20lh) . (4th ■ wk), 
Froni Paramount: Fine $6,400. Last 
week; -Wintertime' (20tjv) (3d wk), 
$5,600. 

Music Mall (H-E) (2.200: 40-75)— 
'■Face If (Par). Good. $7:700 in six 
days. Last week. 'Kahsan' (OA) and 
'Victory Air Power' (UA ),- only fair- 
ish $5,000. '■'.' 

: Orpheum (H-E) (2,600: 40-75)-— 
'Phantom Opera' (U). Sock $14,000 
in. eight days. Last week. 'Lucky 
Stars' ( WB) (2d wk),. 6 days, great 
$10,000. ■■'.-.- • - 

Pttlomar (Sterling) (J. 350:' 30-75) — 
.'Here Comes Elmer' (Rep) 'phis' 
vaiide. Nice $9,500. Last week. 'Isle 
"Forgotten .'Sins' (PRC) and vaude.. 
$9,000. 

Paramount (H-EV (3.049: 40-75) — 
'Johnny Come Lately' (UA). Disap- 
pointing, at- $9,500 or slightly better. 
Last week.' 'Rosie O'Grady' (20th f 
(2d .wk), dandy $9:300. 

Roosevelt (Sterling) (B00: 40-75) — 
'Lucky Stars' (WB) (3d wk). 0kay 
$5,500. ' Last week (30-501, 'Ai my' 
(WB) (2d run), solid $5,100:' 
. Winter Garden (Slcrli,nfi) (800: 15- 
30)— 'Canteen' (UA) (3d run). : Fair- 
ish $1,000. Last week. 'Pride of Yan- 
kees' (RKO; and 'Mr. Big' (U). (3d 
niu). great. $5,000. 

Arleri Stars for Rep. 



Key City Grosses 



Estimated Total Gross 

This. Week; . .'..; :$2,636,000 
(Based on 22. cities, 164 thea- 
tres, chieflv fiTai runs, iiiertidin"' 
N. Y.) 

Total Gross Same Week 

.Last ..Year. .. . . . . ... $2,166,600 

(Based 'on, 25 cities;, 177 tiiealrcs) 



'Heaven,' Bright $13,000, 
Paces Improved Mpls.; 
'Hit Ice' Bangup $11,000 

.Minneapolis, . 

■For- a change this week there are 
only two holdovers. 'This Is Army' 
and .-'Under Suspicion.' with the for- 
mer in third' week going amazingly, 
Well, Town" continues big generally. 

'Heaven- Can . Wait" leads the: new- 
comers, but 'Hit the Ice', also is good. 

Estimates for This Week 
. Aster >Par-Singer) (900.: 20-30)— 
'Spotlight Scandals' ('Mono) and 
'Here Gomes Kelly' (PRC). Satis- 
factory $2.000 : in-:. 1 five days.,. Last. 
Week. 'Sleepy Lagoon' (Rep) and 
.'Unknown- Gucsf (M.oho) split With' 
'Union • Pacific' '.(Par) '(reissue) and 
'Comes, Kelly' (Mono).,: good' '$2,800 
in eight days. 

Century (P-S) (1.600: 40-55)— 
'Above Suspicion' (M-^G) (2d -Wk). 
Neat $6,000. after healthy $7,500 in 
first eight days. • 

Gopher (P-S ) (1.000; : '35')— 'Paris 
After. Dark' . .(20th i. Fair $3,500. 
Last week; ' •. Gillespie's Criminal 
Case' (M-G). fair $3,500. 

' Lyric (P-S) ( 1.091; 40-55 )^'Army' 
(WB) (3d wk). Moved here after 
two great weeks .at State and 1 still 
holding strong. Powerful $8:500 on- 
top of $41,000 iii State fortnight. 

Orpheum .(P-S) (2.800: '40 7 55)— 
'Hit Ice' i ). Abbott & Costello 
comedy accounting for great $11,000. 
Last week. 'Young Ideas' (M-G) arid 
Sonny. Dunham orch. acts, on stage 
(40-65), light $13,000. 

State (P-S ) (2.300; 40,55 )'— .'Heaven-- 
Can Waif (20(h). Heavily adver-- 
tised arid-, climbing ' to, big $13,000. 
Last week, 'Army' (WB). (2d wk), 
same. 

Uptown (Par) : (1,100: 30-40)— 
:'Lel's Face: II' (Par). First neigh- 
borhood showing; good $4:000: Last 
■week, 'Mr. Lucky' (RKO >. $4,200. -.-';■' 

GILLESPIE-VAUDE 
TALL $17,500, OMAHA 

, , maha, Nov. 2. 

A 'teacher's., convention, with kids 
out two days. plus Hallowe'en shows 
helped grosses up ' into higher brack- 
ets this week. 'Dr. Gillespie's Crim- 
inal. Case' plus -vaiide at Orpheum. i$ 
boosting biz to, '-.rousing total. 
Brandeis with.'Lady Takes a Chance' 
and 'It's 1 a Great Life.' also; is strong 
and holds. 'AH. houses with 50c top 
going up 5c this week, with few 
complaints so far. ■ 

Estimates for This Week 
; Orpheum (Tristales), (3,000; 20-65) 
—'Dr. Gillespie's Criminal Case' 
(M-G) and vaude headed by Cy 
Landry; Smash $17,500. Last week. 
'Victory Air --Power'.- (UA) and plus 
Shep Fields orch 'on' --'stage, sad 
$14,000. 

Brandeis (Mort Singer) (1,500; 



I- 



1% 



-55)— ^Lady Takes Chance' (RKO) 
and 'It's Great Life' (Col). Terrific 
$6,200 and holds. Last week, 'Sa- 
hara' (Col) and 'Chatterbox' (Rep), 
okay .$6,500, 

Paramount <Tfista(es) (3,000; 11- 
55i— 'Canteen' (UA) (2d wk). Big 
■ S.I 1.000 and' moves to Omaha. Last 
week, great $12,800. • . . 

Omaha ( rislates) (2,000: . il-55)— 
"Union Pacific': (Par)' and 'Million 
Dollar Legs' . i Par) (reissues). . ExV 
peef okay. $7,500 in five: days.. Last 
week,. "Above Suspicion' (M-G) and 
IRhythm -Islands'. (U), solid : $10,500! 

Town (Goldberg) (1,400:. 11-30)— 
Four-way split this - : .week because 
Fats Waller on siap ( .' Sunday, with 
'Variety Show- (WE4 and 'Body Dis- 
appears' (WB). Remainder of Week, 
'Ghost and Guest' (PRC), .'Terror 
House'- (PRC) 'Night; Monster' CU) 
and 'Robin Hood Range' (Col). 
'Hard Way' (WB) and .'Cowboy 
Manhattan' (U>. 'Man Headquarters' 
(Mono), 'Western Mail' (Mono). 
'Target Tonight' .'(UA). Exceptional 
$1,800 aided by big Sunday. Last 
week, 'Outlaws Stampede Pass' 
(Mono"), 'What's Buzin" (Col). 
'Shantytowh' (Rep)- split with' 'Sadr 
dies Sagebrush' (Col), 'Tales ' Man- 
hattan'; <20lh). .'Report' Aleutians' 
(OWI) and 'Cheyenne Kid' (Mono). 
'Aircraft. Missing^ (UA), .'Ape Man'. 
(Mono),. 'Morning Judge' (U)' fine 
$1,600. • : '; ., '■-'■■ 



'Flesh' Wow 19G 




: incinnati, Nov. . 
.Tlesh and Fantasy/ in world un- 
veiling at Albee, is racking up a 
whopper totaUto tbpHpwn curreiuly. 
Also' in- winning stride is. 'I Dood- It' 
at Palace. Biz on holdovers.! is bog- 
ging down burg's total takeifor third 
straight week. 

, Albee and' Palace have inaugurated 
admish tilts for Saturdays. Sundays 
and holidays. he-W scale, for these 
days being' 40c to 65c. ; Other major 
houses plan to adopt this scale next 
weekend: . . . 

Estimates for .This Week 

Albee (RKO) (3,300; 33-65)— 'Flesh 
and Fantasy' (U). . World preeming 
to a whopper $19,000. Last week, 
'Johnny Come Lately' (UA), all 
right $13,500. 

Capitol (RKO) '(2.000: 33 : 35)— , 
'Johnny Come Lately' (UA). Movc- 
pver. ' Fair $5,000." Last week. 'Bell 
Tolls'- (Par) (3d wk) (75-S1.10). slow 
$9,000. ringing ii merry. $47,000 for' 
21-day run. , 

Family . (RKO) d-.OOO; 20-30)— 
'Holmes Faces-Dealh' <U) and 'Good 
Fellows' (Par) split with 'Mystery 
13th Guest' .( Mono)- vand 'Prairie 
Thunder'" (WB): .Normal $2,200. 
Same last week on 'Sea Wolf ( WB) 
(reissue) 'and'' 'Beyond Frontier' 
(Rep) split Willi :Adventure Iraq' 
(WB) and 'Stampede Pass' (Mono). 
. Grand fRKO) . (1.430: 33-55) — 
'Ci'azy House'. (U). Switched -froni 
Palace. Mild $4,500. Last week, 
'Fired Wife' (U),. lively $6,000, 
. Keith's (Libson) (1.500: 33-55)— 
'Tartu' (M-G); Tame $4,500. Last 
week, 'Holy Matrimony' (20th) (2d 
rlin ). okay- $4,500. 

Lyrlo (RKO) H.400; 33-55)— 'Paris 
After Dark' (20th ). Gloomy $4,000. 
Last week. 'Top Man' (U) (2d run), 
so-so $4,000. 

Palace ,(RKO) (2.600; -33-65) — 
'Dojod If (M-G). Excellent $15,000. 
Last week, 'Crazy House' (U), strong 
$14,000. 

. Shubert (RKO) (2:100; 33-55)— 
'Sahara' (Col) (2d wk). Moveover 
is fair at $4,000 after . last week's 
solid $6,000. Did rousing $16,500 oh 
kickoff at Palace,' 



PICTURE GROSSES 



13 



'O'Rourke/ Singled in 3 Spots, Splits 
L. A. Laurels With 'Suspicion/ in 4, 




Broadway Grosses 



Estimated Tdlal-Cross 
This Week .... . '. .- - ! $557,099 
(Bnsed on 13 '(lie&fres) 
Total Gross Same Week 
'. Last year..?.!.. ..$390,909 
(Bused on ; (Ji enures) 



Bob Hope Sock $16,000, 
Denver; 'Swallow' Great 
> 15G, 'Rosie' 21G, 2 Spots 

'- .. Denver, Nov. 2. 

Biz. shapes strong at all first runs,- 
and town will have the usual batch 
of holdovers. 'Rosie. O'Grady" looks 
like top. .money, with - great $21.00.0 at 
Denver and Esquirei 'Let's Face 11'. 
is smash $16,000 at Denhahi; and 
holds. ,'.;. ;■:" 

Estimates for This week 

Aladdin (Fox). (1.408; 30-05)— 'Sa- 
hara' (Col) 1 and 'Lucky Fellow, Mr. 
Smith' (U). after, week at each Den- 
ver. Esquire, Fine $7:000. Last week. 
'Thank Lucky Stars'- : .(WB), 'after 
week ,^t each Denver, squire, about 
.same. ■■ ■ -.-'.' 

BroadWav (Fox) (1.400: 30-65)— 
'Army' ) WB) ( lOtji. wk in nrstruns). 
Good $3;50O. • Last 1 week, 'Youngest 
Profession', (M-G) and 'Tartu' (M-G) 
froni' rpheum, fair $3,000. 

Dennam (Cockrill) (1.756: 30-65)-- 
'Let's Face If (Par). Smash $16,000, 
a'hd holds. Last week, -City: That 
Stopped. Hitler' (Par) and 'Alaska 
Highway' (Par ), sad $6,500. 

Denver (Fox) (2,525: 30-65)— 'Rosie 
O'Grady' (20th ) and '.Chance of Life- 
lime' (Col ), day-date with; Esquire. 
Looks-like great $17,000. Last week. 
'Sahara' (Col) and- 'Lucky Fellow, 
Mr. Smith' (U), also at Esquire, fine 
$14,000. " .. . 

E s q u l r e i (742; 30-65) — 'Rosie 
O'Guady." (20th) and Xhahce of Life- 
time' .(Col), aisb at : Denver. Forte 
$4:000. or hear. ' Last week. .'Sahara' 
(Col): and 'Lucky Ecllbw. Mr::Smitli' 
(U). also' at Dfeiiver, good $4,000. 

Orpheum (RKO) (2.600; 30-65)— 
'Fallen Sparrow" (RKO) and 'Adven- 
tures Rookie' (RKO). Big $15,000. 
Last Week, 'Swing Maisie' (M-G) and 
'Hollywood Pin-Up Girls' on stage, 
.big $21,000. , 

Paramount - (Fox) (2,200; 30-50)4 
'Death of Hitler' (U) and- 'Dough- 
boys Ireland' (COD. Nice $8,000. 
Last, week, 'Fired Wife' (U) and 
'Campus Rhythm" (Mono), big $10,- 
000. '■--.- . . 

Rialio (Fox) (878;. 30-65)— 'Thank, 
Lucky Stars' (WB) after week at 
Denver, Esquirei AHadih. Fine $3.- 
500: -Last week. 'Wintertime': <20lh) 
and 'Someone Remember' (Rep), via 
Denver, Esquire, "A'Madin'. route, $3;- 
000. • . ; 



PESKAY RESIGNS ROACH 

Ed Pcskay ; last week resigned as 
v.p. of Hal Roach Studios, Inc. He 
CQnlinucis- as Roach's eastern rep 
until January: 

Peskay represents- Bogeaus Pro- 
ductions.. Samuel . J. Broiislon and 
other independent producers releas- 
ing through United Artists. 



With . 'This Js-. rmy' (WB). and Tolls'* ( 

now moving "out of s rslriin houses in rincipal 

keys;: itional playing lime is being-given .other top 
features: This' is parliculiirly true; of 'Army.' with 
'Bell' jusl.stai'ttng.inlo lionie m'ovcovei.s. Several keys 
still .are lagging this week as price tills were installed . 
in a ■■ number- of principal rilies. though not to blame. 

New entries -.'include :Flcsh and Fantasy" l<J i and 
'Iron Major.' iRKOl with 'Lcl-'.s Face If 'Pan. "Lady 
Takes Chance' i ' >, 'Sahara'' .'ol). 'Corvette 
Kr225" i'Uj and; ' rinkss C'Rourke'., < WBi ciiniiiifi in 
'for /added; .-'attention Ihoiikh not launched this week. 
About' same lineup of lcceni (•oin-gr<ibbers continues: 
to rack up -'big'- ■money .'-.' In llijs yMegur.y are 'Rosic 
O'Grady' V20ih). ■Pli.iiilom.ot 6p( l i ;i' ( 0 K '.'Fallen Spai r' 
row" ( RKO 1. •' (iod II" ( M-G 1, 'J ihn'ny. Come Lately' 
(UA 1 and 'True to Lile'.-i ' ;..■'. .. 

"Flcs ■ shapes us anoiher winner from llie Uiiivfi.l'.-" 
•' ' SI9.(K)0'i 



overs "and hot second weeks in -'Seattle : arid K. C. 'Lady' 
.is s'iappy $27;000 in Pitlsbui'gh. two spots, leader .in 
'InUiaiiapolis. potent $16,000 in .Buff, and nice Ip strong 
in Wash... Omaha' and Balto. 

. 'Cbi'vetfe' is .pacing Mcnlieul iit sock S 1 3 ; 0d0 and 
.great on - .second weeks in. id and- N. Y. 'O'Rourke' 
ioo'ms solid $55,500 in L. A., to tie. ror top blz^ -robust 
iii . Prov... and strong in . third Phiily sesh. 'Rosier is 



. ', Los Angeles. -Nov. . 

Warner's 'Princess O'Rourke;' run- 
ning in three houses, is outstanding 
this week wilh double, billing of 
'Above. Suspicion' an'd-'Swin'K- Shift 
Ma.isie;' in four spots, both picture.-! 
.hitting the same total, a solid $55,500.- 
■ 'Johnny Come Lately' is doing nice 
$33,700 in three converted' Fox- Wcit.. 
'Coast flr.struns. - v ; ; '-, 

1 'Let's Vice If looks strong in sec- 
ond session at the two Paramount 
spols with .$36,500. , Stays another 
week.: Perfect weather and .familiar 
big weekend biz is accounting for 
husky, trade. 

, Estimates for This Week 
C'arlhay; Circle . (F-WC) (.1.516: 45- 
90)— 'Above Suspicion' (M-G>-.. ti'i 
.'Swing Maisie' (M-G ). Solid $8;500. 
Last week, first on return lb 'pop- 1 
-. price, runs.- 'Dood If (M-G.i and 'Dr. ' 
Gillespie's Criminal Case' 1M-6), ' .2,. 
$4,200. , 

Chinese (Graumari-WC) (2,034;' 4.1- 
90)— 'Above Suspicion' iM-G) and 
•Swiryg Maisie": (M-G). Trim $14,000, 
Last week, -.'Dood If (M-G) and :Gil- 
lespic's Case' (M-G), slow $11,000. 

Downtown "( WB) (1.800; 45-91))— 
'Princess O'Rourke' (WB). Fridav. 
opening ,. augurs 'big $21,000, Last: 
■week. 'Thank Lucky Stars' ( WB) (3d ; 
wk ). nice $12,600. 

Ecyptlan (F-WC) (1.535; 45-90).— 
'Johnny ' Come Lately' (UA) and 
•Never Dull Moment' (U). Staried. 
Friday and heading for solid '$9,000.. 
Last week. 'Hi Diddle' (UA) and 
•Victory Airpowef (UA) (2d wk), 
okay $7,000. 

, Four Star (UA-WC ) (900: 85-S1. 10) 
—'Bell Tolls' (Par) (2d wk). : TolIiiig 
steady $5,000 after neat $5,700 flr^t 
Week. 

Hawaii (G&S) (1.100; 40-75)— 'Citv 
Stopped Hitler'. (Par) 1 and 'Campus 
Rhythm' (Mono) (2d wk ). So-.so $3,-' 
500 after profitable $6,100 last week. 

: Hollywood ( WB). '< 2.758; 45-90)— 
'Princess O'Rourke'. (Wbj: Opened 
Friday, excellent $20.000.. Last week, . 
'Lucky Stars' (WB) . (3d Wk); first-- 
rate $9,000. 

Los Angeles . (D'town-WC) (2;200; 
45-90)— 'Johnny Come Lately* (UA) 
and 'Never Dull Moment' (U). Noth- 
ing dull about $16,500. Last week,' 
'Hi Diddle' ( UA) and 'Victory" Air-' - 
power" (UA) (2d wk), plcasin " 
$10,500. 

Orpheum .'(D'lbwn ) (2,200; 40-75) 
— 'Mantrap' (Rep) and Erskine Haw-, 
kins orch, Mabel Scott, on stage. 
Hefty $21,000. . Last week, 'Gentle 
Gangster' (Rep) and Charlie Spi- ' 
vak oich on stage, sad $16,200. 

PanUees (Pan) (2;»12; 45-90)— 
/Phantom 1 of Opera' (U) (3d wk) 
arid, "This Is . Washington' (RKO); 
jSlowing down to .$7,000 for final of 
(lye days but still profit. Last week, 
:witb "Chance of Lifetime' (Col), 
okay $14,400. 

Paramount (F&M ) (3,389; 45-90 )— 
'Let's Face If (Par) (2d wk). Still 
solid .ai $22,500. Last Week, great 
$34,800. 

Paramounl Hollywood (F&M) (1,- 
451; 45-90)— 'Face. If (Par) (2d wk'i. 
Sturdy , $14,000 after sweet $17,800 
last week., . 

RKO Hlllstreel (RKO) (2.890; 45- 
90)— 'Phantom of Opei'a' (U) (3d 
wk-5 days) and 'This Is Washington' 
(RKO) (5 days.). Winding up with 
likely $9,500 after sturdy $18,300 last 
week with 'Chance Lifetime' (Col). 

Ritz (F-WC) (1.372; 45-90)— 
.'Johnny Coihe Lately' (UA) and 
'Never Dull Moment' (U). House, 
joins Egyptian and Los Angeles 011 
first-run hookup with Friday open-r 
ing. Husky $8,200. Last week, 'Doo 
It' (M-G 1 and 'Dr. Gillespie's Case' - 
(M-G) (8 days/. 6k;iy $8,000. 

SUte 1 Loew's-WC ) 1 2.204; 45-90 ) 
— Above Suspicion'. (M-G). and ' 
'Swing . Maisie' ;(M T G). - Great $24.- 
000. Last week.. 'Dood If . .(M-G) 
and 'Dr. Gillespie's Cri inal Case' 
(M-C). $21,500. 

United Artists (UA-WC ) (2.100; 
85-$l:65)-'Bcll: .Tolls' (Par ) . • J 1th 
wk). Holding own wilh first-i'ate 
$8,500 after last week's neat $9,700; . 

Cptown /-WC) (1.715: 45-901— 
'Above Suspicion' (M-G) and 'Swing 
Maisie' (M-O). House tiaded places' 
with Rilz on Siiitc-C:hfnese hookup, 
excellent $9,000. Last week. 'Hi Did- 
dle' (UA) and 'Vi'clorv 1 Airnower" 
MM') ( 2d wk-6 davs 1. fair. $4:000. " 

Wilshire (F-WCi (2.2U6: 45-90)— 
bbod If 1 M-G) and 



'Thank I.ueky .Stars' 1 WB ) Ctd.wkl; 
^oijid $7,100. 



Hollvwood. Nov. 2.- '.stables; -paeing both A\ii('imUiti <v.';nv sia.ouii.i ami 
■ Republic signed ichard Arlcn to ! Philadeiphin.- .-oc-k S2(i..')b0. -M'tok M,i.r')i--' reported from 
a three-year ticket: calling for star llu'ce ;<pots, is smash SlB.pOl) in Providence, robuyt. 
roies. in : four high-budget pictures Sl7:p00 in i\\ Y.. anil 'good S24.O0(i in Bustiiiv unej-.-ten ir 
aniYUally, ',' j $35,000 precm week. 'ace Ii' luoks wHam.--$23.2(lf)'.-ijf 

Arleiv; cui'rently 'playing lop male : Seattle, oiice 26.000 in . Witslinnton; sir.a'.-.); SHi.OOO 
role in 'the Monster," is pcnnilted to ' in -Denver:-' si out. $17,000 in- Bnltini'.Ji: 
.'n):tke- one feature per year oil' the l and" Detroit .-.icond se->ions 
lot. - ... ■-. |$l8.0nO'ii) Pl'uvidi-nrr. ;i'ine 



iir.fl tir.e 11.'. L.A. 
'aha'r.'i*.. ; .-'iclicroo 
. ; id -bei'.ve: move- 



Jeading pix in Chicago. 1 wi,b '^at. ^OiVwham: in ^'^'^K 
JJcnycr and sockoroo in somc^kix holdover, locations.. $4,500. Last week. 'Fallen Sparrow' 
'Spariow' is topping. K. (.'.. big: in Renvoi- and, good iii (RKO) and 'Adventures. Riiokie' 
Boston, ' ood If looks excellent $15,000 ln:'"Glncy: (PKO). good S6.500. .-.;'-. 
and is pacing Louisville screen fare. 'Johnny' is- nnf. I Wlltern <WB). .(2.500: 45-90)— 
faring so well curienllv. openings showing nice $33,700 ' 'Princess O'Rourke' (WB). Opened 
in.'L, A_ bii! mild $15,000 iii Bu(r.; ( io and disappointing ; ^!: i(l;,v - lop-nolch $14.500^ Last week, 
biz in" Scall.le. flianloin," going ■ strong mo.-'.tly on > 
second and third session.--, shapei torrid $17,000 to toj) 1 ' ^ 
uiralo and Sock $m:0()0 Si«(lie: 'Lifi:' is .^iurtlv' $50,000 ' ■. 'mji' ' K p • V .i.U if 
■ in third ,wc(rk at N'. Y; I'aruniounl .ai)d' grand $18,000 | '"1&1W AjC'S Ifie IVeyS 
for rook lyn iccoiid; j .■ •'!'•: - : ' ' ; Jlollywoo'd. Nov. 

From the 1 keys: 'Sleepy ' 1 Rcrn. okay $6:000. ., ir.~i Job for Joseph Mankicwirx 

alto; 'Wintci liiiie' i2()tl)j. hangup $12,000'.'. Louisville: recenlly shifted from Meirn t i,20ih- 
op Man". iU). torrid.- $30,000: C'.leve:. great ;$40,()0(), ; Fox as. a p!udueei.-.,wiil'be 'Key.* >f 
1 Y : 'Sky's Limit' (RKO 1. rnild S20.000. Krisco:;'Here [ the Kingflom.' a . -.lory -with a. 
'oines.Klmei': (Hep', nice $0:500. SealUe; 'Lassie Come 1 ual back^roun .' 

Home'. 1 M-G). big $1(10:000, fourth 'N. Y. we '; •\>iit\<' Picture i:nf:V. early next inonih 
After- Dark'-- (20lti >. gloomy: $4,000. Cincy; 'anleei; 1 with Gn;gury "r > eek in the lop male 
!UA). strong -J3.4.000. Detroit.' :-'"■• role. - 



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WAN Ai:ilVllIt» 



Wednesday, November 3. 1913 



Gable Has to Get Out of D. C. to Duck 

ie; 





• .'a.<hihgtbh, Nov. 2. .♦ 
. Cspt. Clark Gable chalked; up- an 
all-time record here last week- he 
was so terrific, he had to get ; oul of 
1own lo escape the mobs. 

Alter the Army got a look- at the 
mob -that turned out for the Gable 
prcseV conference : at the Pciilai'.nn 
Bldg. on ' Wednesday:' D. and 
realized' that' the big guy of pictures 
couldn't ' leave his hotel room with 
the assurance he ; would come back 
with all his buttons and h; . it gave 
'hjri ihe okay' to grab a .train .'lb- the 
• Const Friday night <2!l>. He had 
expected to 'remain here about 10 
clays before going on 16 .Hollywood. 

Gable! reached here by plane Tues- 
day and. the next; afternoon, held 
.'the press conference the Pentagon' 
'.v? il 1 never.:' forgot. About. 150. i>cn»'- ■ 
men . and gals.: biggest- session in 
many moons, ilurncd. but. But that 
Ava's '.he. least of it. The corridors of- 
the: b;ggcsl. building world 
•Were jammed by Government girls, 
who left their files, and typewriters 
to gM a ldokscc. and it was neces- 
sary to turn 'but a; detail of military. 
p:ilhc to keep them .in order. Of- 
ficers suddenly discovered that their 
wives had all picked .that day: to visit, 
hubby " the office,- aiUI they all- 
ganged u in the corridors. 

Gable told, the .reporters he had.' no. 
idea of .his postwar plans: but Metro 
certainly', has. The hero-star was' 
tinder the protective 'wirig' of Carter 



Lou Metzger's Chores 
At WAC; Manpower 

Lou ;Mi'izger; Coast theatre opera- 
tor who recently joined War . Aciivi- 
ires ConiM.i'.ice headquarters In New 
York j on .-.•'. 'permanent volunteer 
basis, has been, assigned to handle 
Industry manpower problems. Mclz- 
ger has .been makinga thorough in- 
vcs.i'igalioh iif the manpower -situa- 
tion, having already- huddled with 
indiisiiy toppers, on the. subject. -. 

left for Washington last Moil- 
day- Jli wiih.Si. Fabian, chairman 
of 'l lie WAC .theatres division,, to 
confer. ; : v .h -'Government manpower 
otTici- While in the Capital he- 
w-as- yls slated, lb discuss industry 
partici ati 

. Loan campaign, scheduled some time 
in . January, . Willi. Theodore H 
Gamble, National War Finance di- 
rector.- . 



Foot Soldiers Filially 
Get Due in WB Epic 

' Hollywood, Nov. 2. ..- 
"-. Iufaulrynien, generally neglected 
on screen in the current glorification 
of air warfare, come back into their 
deserved -..-recognition ' " ' 'Ground 
Forces.' a tale of soldiers 'on foot, 
the. boys w-mr 'consolidate position*, 
the toughest job in any war, ancient 
or modern. ''.-.■ ; ' ;.-'■ 

. Wallls is in charge' of pro- 
duction oil the picture which will be 
made on the same financial- scale as 
'Air. ' >Scripters from the Wai -i 
lier . now-- in Washington get- 

ting accurate details: bit the work of 
the ground units. . .. 



Gripes on Overseas 
Films Bring Order 
To Retire Antiques 

Washington. Nov. 2. 
The Overseas Motion.- , icture 
Service has been jacked up arid told 
Barron. Lpew'. . ' . : manager. - from ' io withdraw!- the antique - features 
the mnmor.t he -firrjve(l till live ino- \ circulating in." combat areas and to 
nienl he left town. '-'.. " see that .troops -are supplied with 

Arriving here with Gable and go- ; late releases: The'';nfluencc of Mrs. 
Iiyg on west with hi was Gapt. ' Franklin.' 'D. Roosevelt, and- the: 
John Lee Miihin. former scrcehi'ST'ipos of .At .Iblson and. others about 
writer. \vho will collaborate in pre- I serf en' ycnorables iought about the 
paring -the trainin'g films^ 'able wilt action 
make on the Coast with the 50.000 
feet of. 16 mm. film be brought back 
to ihis country, from the fighting 
fronts. ■' ■': ' 

The press conference .was a honey . 
Il was. Gable's first and. to the sur- 
prise of the newspaper ! gang.- the 
swashbuckling celluloid and real- 
life he-man blushed and. sweated 
through it uncomfortably. He side- 
stepped .all questions dealing with- 
Hollywood- but made' some goad 
points: on other 'subjects. 

He had high, praise for' personal 
Appearances of stars like Bob Hope. 
Rn -said there should be a lot .more 
of them. . 

'For' weeks after Hope left bur 
bomber base,' he said, 'the boys were, 
still talking about him.' He added 
that the men will welcome any live 
talent from. home, even though not 
big name. 

Films 'Mostly Old' 

In answer to a query, he said .the 
films shown at' his base were .'not. 
very new. mostly old.) That was- all' 
he offered ori the- highly cont rover-: 
rial subject, but it added, weight to' 
the charges bf entertainers ■' back 
from ihe front. 

lie got in a special, plug for ill' 
Mile, former Warner Bros, grip man. 
Who has been on some of the Gable 
nir missions aiid a lot more besides. 
Mile., now a turret gunner, has shot 
down three or four Nazis pianos, and 
will soon become an officer. 

Gable said the protbgraphic equip- 
ment used on bombing raids' is only 
'fair.' The equipment is 16 mm., in- 
cluding a special Bell ft Howell elec- 
trically-heated job.- .:lie said these 
cameras -wear down, much ■ faster 
than, professional equipment: .It was 
pointed out to him that the public 
has . been disappointed with current 
battle pix. •' Gable said the results 
usually '-'-disappbint the. cameraman, 
s well; .' , ■ 
'When you're going 40ft miles, an 
hour,' he explained., 'and the other 
fellow is conning at ybu just as fast, 
j-oii just can't get good pictures, '.'.:' 

'As a result, most of the film: deals 
with the product of the raids, and 
they've difficult' to. understand, be- 
. cause they're taken, at. high altitudes,' 



'Jr. Miss' Rated Tops 
By Soldiers; 'Arsenic/ 
'Claudia' Disappoint 

In an": ort !o determine the best 
the; . Fourth.. War utypc of legil show* id route into the 

" natio.n's-.army '.camps and navy bases, 

USO-Ganvp Shows: Inc.. with an as- 
sist from. Bert Lylcll,' Equity presi- 
de!' :and, CSI. director, recently, com? 
plelcd .;i survey of -preferences 
aiming the ' buys in training. . 

'The survey, based on soldier reac 
lion to the halt dozen legit shows 
.'sent <nil last year: ■ points up some 
interesting facts aheni what Hie boys 
in uniform like and dislike. For in- 
stance: lops among last year's attrac- 
tions was 'junior Miss\ because it rci 
minded the boys -of' their kid sisters 
,at home, Second in: demand was 
Frank .Craven's, play: of nearly., a 
generation go, 'The' First Year' 
which, the ; study reveals.. got across 
in Ihe camps because of its homey- 
qualities. V ;. 

On the other .hand. ' rscnic and 
Old Lace.', while, far from a'flop pn : 
the camp circuit.- failed "to measure 
up to expectations, a fact attributed 
lo humor which the camp Commands 
reported, us loo 'subtle for - the aver- 
age rookie,; '-.'Claudia.' it's further 
revealed, was'- a total disappointment, 
chiejly because it's ■■theme of wjfe- 
■baby-m(jther-in T la w : problems failed 
lb reflect generally Ihe. experiences 
of. (h'd tfge .group that makes up the 
bulk of the soldier, audiences at the 
camps. 

The CSI execs will be g(it acr 
cording ly -.in making up the now ros- 
ter of legil, shows that'll be sent out: 
in December. Top's in • demand,, of 
course, are ..'-musical's, but baggage 
transportation diificullies .which only 
permit for shows with a minimum of 
props, put, ihe' former out of- picture 
completely. Final decision on the 
legit ,' Shows ; lo be presented Will 
probably be decided either late this 
week or. next Week. Three Will be 
put, iiilo production in- New York, 
one in Chica.go . and a fifth on the 
Coast. Alt live will remain but about 
six months. 



The First Lady:, after her ' rst 
press conference on her return from 
the Pacific, area, called in four ex- 
ecutives and complained of the 'old 
hat' pictures .she had seen in the 
/South -Pacific' military area's. Later 
she softened this blow' when qucs- 
tibned by reporters at a subsequent 
conference, but ' her complaint was 
heard by four officials and stahds-ort 
the record: The Truman committee 
is investigating a report that oiie.bf 
thc olTiccrs :formcrry. coBnected,.wilh 
a rental agency supplying film for 
'overseas is now connected with, the 
War Dept. Senators and-"members 
of the House want to know it this is 
the reason the oldies .are still' cir- 
culating. .'■.'''■'■-■' 
The transfer qf both, distribution 
of 'films to soldiers overseas and of 
the Army industrial film program in 
this country from Special Services to 
Army. Pictorial Service is expected 
in ..Ihe near future. Placing of 'this 
work, Under Col. Kirke B. Lawtoiv 
w ould- give hiiri ajmbst full control 
of production and distribution of. 
Army films, the only exception be- 
ing ihe distribution among domestic 
camps. 

I The matter has been' kicked back 
J and forth : ■several weeks now-, but 
at the present lime the shift looks 
■ assured. An Army spokesman said 
this was a logical concentration . qf 
pic activities under, one ma^i and de- 
nied it' had 'anything to do .with the 
row oyer the age and quality of. films 
being shown overseas. 




Natipnal Enleifainmenl Industry Council has put ofT' its mass pledge 
rally, and show biz Krvice ftay dedication until Arm Lst ice ay, wiih- 
the. ceremonies now skedded to take place outdoors at Times Square 
•t 11 a.m. ...:•';'- 

Rally, designed to. obtain '-pledges' from Broadway performers for 
all-out participation in- the 'war effort,, was. planned for: Oct.. 15- at mid- 
night in the Wi'nler Garden theatre but it was. felt .the Armistice Day .: 
tie-in'wbuld be mpi-e appropriate. ■ 

Service flag. will cbhtain a 'blue star representing 75,fJ0p from -.'*Jiow 
. biz currently in- the services with 'a gold- star symbolic of 55 men wljo 
have lost their lives. ■.'.' . .. .' -v .' : - ' - 



'OKLAHOMA' TAB FOR 
FREE SERVICEMEN USE 

Alfred Drake," male: ad in 'Okla- 
homa,' at the St. James, N. Y,. is 
working bn-a 90-minute condensation' 
of the musical for. the use of , service 
men at Ariiw. and Navy bases. - The 
idea will be to simplify the;show in: 
every way. in line with. ^ ...limited- 
talent • facilities . jit 

the di ,: .; . -.'- 

Cqmposer ichard Rodgers.' lyricist 
Oscar Hammcrstein,-2d..aiid the The- 
atre Guild have okayed rbyaity-free, 
use of the itiaterial by servicemen. 
When ready, the capsule version w ill 
be distributed by, the Writers' War 
Board committee:- scripts for sol- 
diers' and sailor . ows; . and the 
Army special services. 



It Ain't Healthy But 
That's One Way to Get 
Better Bombing Films 

•' ;' Wasliing.t'o'n: ' 
Story of a,i Army still aiid motion 
picture cameraman who straddled 
the top of a Flying- Fortress to get 
better shots of a bombing expcd.it ion 
over Regensbiirg last August was re- 
leased tonight :•'< 2-1 by . the War- De- 
partment. Photog. is Sf.t. Charlton 
K. Browning, of Bradontnn.' Fla. 

'Flack was urslihg like .. Roman 
candles all arouiid." said the War 
Dept.. r'eleas . In the. middle of (he 
aerial . battle'." -the 2!>-ycor, old, aerial 
photographer crawled outside the 
plane to secure better photographs 
of both fighter action and the targets; 
below: He maintained a precarious 
balance just above Ihe fort's radio 
coiiiparlnlcht .as lie kept, his camera 
clicking. He also, brought back hun- 
dreds, of: picli.ircs.-on slill and movie 
film from a joiniiey down lo Africa. 
:and- return.' 



BROWN, HARRIS OFF IN 
OVERSEAS USO TOUR 

Hollywood; Nov.; 
Joe E. Brown ; and : Harry Bari:i.< 
shoved off on a four-month loiir of 
enlerjiainrneiit in overseas- military 
and naval outposts, starting in the. 
South Pacific and taking in China. 
■ Iiielia and' theiMediterraiie.-ln zone on 
• louiKl-lhe-world mission. : 

Brown recently wound ..up h is lat- 
est picture. 'Casanova in, Burlesque.'' 
•t : Republic. ; Ba'I'ris is .soiigwriler- 
entertainer. 



Harmon's Pleurisy 

Hollywood. Nov. 2. 

Francis Harmon, vice-chairman. Qf 
"War Activities Committee,, hospital- 
ized with pleurisy pneumonia. 

lie came to the Coast 1b set up a 
meeting for Stanton GrifTis with the 
Hollywood WAC Committee on war 
information shorts. 



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a iil Wliitfman, 'Jr.,-- 
Paul ■Whilemaii. Jr.; 19. has -made 
the Air Corps with ratings ot first 
in his physical exams: third in , I<Q. 
aiid second -iiv plane identification of 
his particular, candidates' class.. 

The niac.s-lrb's son has been man- 
aging the. Whiteman farm at Stock- 
ton. N. ,J.,. but has .always::been air- 
minded. 



"AVES Campaign 

War Activiti • Committee will 
shortly: launch a national campaign 
to - stimulate;.'- re-cnrollment. in. the 
■WAVES., based upon exhibition of. 
'Chief Neeley Reports to the Nation,' 
iO-minute short -produced by the' 
U. S. Navy. : '■';.' :: ' •■ .. .", 
'.' . Cplumbia will " distri -the fllrh 
starting Dec, 2. 



Gable. Meehan Arrive 

'"■.: Hollywood. Nov. I;- 
Capt. . Clark: Gable . trained iti; fpr a 
inorith's May' to cut and edit film he 
shot in air raids' ovei' Nazi .territory. 
Accompanied by . Cnpt. John ' Lee 
Miiliiii. ex-.Metroitc, . they ^detrained 



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at Pasadena, to avoid mob at L; ' A. 
.Union station.. 

' tJenc Lester, mag pholbg. Army.- 
. Walter Klinger,. film press -agent. 
Army,'' ;;- '•'■' 
.■.Margaret 
WAVES. ' 

: Gerald Schnitzer, screen writer, 
Army Air. Corps, 

. ..John W. McClou tech- 
nician. Army. 

: James Pollak. studio, press- agent, 
Army. .' ■' "-..; -• 

•' Rpbert.W.' Huffman, film salesman, 
■Merchant Marine.- 

Bob Brooke, radio engineer. Navy. 

Herb .Vigr.an, radio actor, Army. ' 



...■'• Mortpn. I)av!<i Mustered Out 

Tw^o .fQi-in>r. ; legil. actors; have, re- 
ceived riiediial'. discharges from the 
Army a nd a re ' back' in. 'New lYork. 
They, are Sgt. 'George Kossbff ( stage 
'name Gregory Morion v. from. Camp 
Lee. Va.. arid Sgl.'Harry Davis', fronv 
Camp Ellis. 111. 

Pvt. Richard Clark, former legit, 
a c I b r; 1 1 ansferred-; f r o in Camp 
Devens. Muss., to Fl. Eustis. Va .' un- 
dergoing -ahti-iiircian training. 



FUNN COORDINATOR OF 
WACH'WOOD DIVISION 

Hollywood. N«>v.. . 

John C. Flinn has been unahimoiiST 
ly named coordinator of : Hollywood 
division of the War Activities Com- 
mittee by executive cpnirtiitti;c...F!inn 
will assume duties, -immediately as 
well as carrying on his job as exec- 
utive secretary of Socjtty of In-, 
dependent Motion Picture Producers. 

An executive committee, resolution 
was adopted expressing thanks to 
Fred W. Beetson. executive v.p.-bt 
the Association of Motion' Picture 
Producers. Inc.. Who lias had to give 
up the duties because of illness, for, 
his previous efforts as coordinator of 
the Hollywood Division. 

Stanton . . chief of Ihe film 

bureau, domestic branch. QWI. who 
attended meeting and mil lined pur- 
poses of . re-organization' iif his 
branch, left for . -.Washington'- over 
weekend. Francis 'S., . 'Harmon, ex- 
ecutive vice'-chairmari of Ihe W.AC 
stays over' here for aiiolher week. ' . 



Aussie Exhibs Burn 
At Free Gov't Showings 



'Australian exhibitors ai-c angry "at 
government off icials' act ion i n screen - 
ing twb features from U; 3.' Army 
series, ;Why We Fight,' at City Halls 
admission free lb help the fourth 
Liberty Loan- here.. "Divi and C.bn- 
qucr' aiid 'Battle for ■''{'fin'. the 
two pictures involved: 

Attitude of: Aussie exhibs is that 
they are dolhg all- within their. power 
to help: the .goVernmeivl's loan cam- 
■paign,. even offering to . screen the 
'Fight' series, in .their' owii theatres 
at early .•mornihg sessions with, no 
admission.: Although, the twb: uV S, 
'Fight' -pictures only' drew medium 
trade at gratis performances -here, 
exhib say they don't appreciate 
'government officials rininin : free 
shows: in daily oppo.-i.l ion td regular 
film theatres. . • . 



Gen Byron Takes 
Over For Osborn 



Was . Nov.. 

Maj. . Gen. Frederick Id. Osborn 
has been delached- from the Services 
ot Supply and assigned to new du- 
ties. .He will direct the orienla-tion 
Courses for servicemen, eventually 
■will be placed, in charge ot the' re-- 
education of returning soldiers after , 
demobilization, a service: Tor wliich 
President Roosevelt last week asked 
Congress for an appropriation of 

$i.qoo;opp,ooo. 

■ The directive culling for Ibcse 
changes <ancl previously reported in 
'Variety'-)- was signed, by. Gen. Jlar- 
shall, chief bf sUifl'. with nibst of 
Gen. Osborii'.-i duties ti ansferied . to.. 
Brig.. Geii. Jbseph W. Byron, hith- 
erto, in charge of Post Kxcinitiges. 
Geh. Byron tliiis becomes head bf 
llicentertainmenl .section of the War 
Dept. in charge of USO shows, of 
Army Motion Picture. Service,. recfev 
ation and sports: 



SID PIERMONT'S PLUG 
FOR GREAT ENG. COMIC 

; ' . N'jrtli .Africa'. 
Kdilor, .ariai-y": .' 

Just received the Sept. .22 issue 1 of . 
'Variety,' the first one mailed directly 
io my new APO. Sure makes: me . 
forget where lam vyivilcl'rn reading 
it land I don : t nil.ss a - single line 
either), but whcii I'm ail finished. I 
get so- terribly nostalgic for' Broad- 
way that it's hours before I can- 
shake the feeling, oft. It . was exactly ■ 
oiie year ago today that- I- left New- 
York for (he Army. Little did I 
think on that eventful, day .that it 
would be so long- before I saw It. 
again. It's been a great experience . 
tho, and I'm awfully gia'd th.it I've - 
been, privileged lo take part in it.- 

Have seen' plenty of good theatri- 
cal talent in the' rough while I've 
been -. / here. Think r wrote : you. 
about the swell Negro quartet called 
ihe Overseas Scrcnadcrs that .'I had 
iii a show here. Well, the other day 
I saw a comic— but a 'C.OMl'C-r-'an 
English kid in Ihe R.A:F.. a former- 
pro, but he's stupendous. -Throws 
gags at you faster than Berle's. plays' . 
a terrific 1 -'piano; ahd is a standout 
trumpeter. : '.Rcm'enibcr.. the name — 
Joe Baldwin. Yqu'il be hearing great ■ 
tilings of him. wlien this thing is 
over. .'.'■-. 

Hello to the gaus. 

Cnpt: Si 



Zukor's Powwow Today 
(Wei) on Nafl War Fund 

, Adolph Zukor. national- chairman . 
of the film industry's drive for the- 
National 1 : War Fund, has called a 
meeting of representatives 
companies, circuits ancK. associated 
industries- for today , i Weri.) at the 
■Paramount home office in New Ybr .- 

Sam. Rinzler. .Greater, i. 
chairman,, will 'preside. Among I'nbs 
scheduled to atteiid arc Ray-Moon, 
Ralph , . Biidd. Clarence Eisman. 
Charles C. Moskowitz. Jack, Bow-en,: 
Robert Wolf, Leon Bamberger.. Abe : 
Schneider, Nat Cohen. Harry 'Buck?, 
ley, ' Sam Lefkowit-/..' Herbert J^ 
Yates, Morris Epstein. George Deni- 
bow, W, Ray Johnston. Joseph 
Felder, Harry . A. Ross, . ' seph H; 
Lamm, Sidney Kulick. Samuel Mach- 
hoyitch, David A. Levy. .W, E. C^'eeV".' 
Si Fabian, Harry Brandt.-.. Fred 
Schwartz,, Harry Ma.ndcl 'and Joe 
Hqrnstcin:! • • ; .' : . ..:' v. 



". Jljn l.ewls -IRKO) In 

James Lewis, RKO branch maiia- : 
gcr in Kansas City, into the A rmy 
Nov; 18. He's the first of the com-' 
pony's , branch managers to be ih- 
diicted.. Raymond -7vrcKilrick. bi.bktr 
in the RKO K:C. exchange.' goer into 
the Marine Corps Nov. 10. 



Wednesday, November 3, 1943 PftfilETY " 




16 FILM REVIEWS 



VARIETY 



Wednesday, November 3, 1 *> 1 3 



Old A<*i|iinin<a»('<* 

Hollywood, Nov. .2. 

Wat.mr Hii.ii.- i.r. Il.-l.ij HI-uiKr 

t.i..uiii lii-n.' .<i,.ivi.' HHI<- li.tv:*', Mniaiit 
ll<|.Ml». fl ;illl| i s tilli YV.HIib. .1-1:11 Liil.-r. 
11. >-M.ir;ili-. . - 1 fjl •. «-l i^l- l.v A" i li. CM. >:li.-j'- 
lll; it. . rii|ii:iv |.\.'.li.l.ir \'.m U.llI'Ml ailil 
l-.i.-i..-. I't.ljw J'tt.lil Mat- c'Uy '. .van 
\ iriiu ik \\»*\ t ilii-i'-lov.- Ari.'l.uekei- : eilnnr, 
'J>'tiy .M-i»-M r ; lll(isn-''illri*i-,liii ; : l.r.i l-\ Korli- 
neiii: ' .-'.iiiicm. : Sol I'oluo, ' Tra'di-jilinw ll 
Nov, \, ;\:.. . itiimijnc. lime, lip -MINS. 
KHihiuni- .Niai-liiwe 
..Millie.'- Drake 



Itmlil . Kr nihi.l. ... 
l'ti-hliti) Drake,;, 
Peirdre. .'.,;.. 

■ l.uclah. -('ll-a 111, . . 
Cir.ii-llc- .\i-i-hpi-. . 
Hello l -m-lri-. . . .'. 
llari-ii-l . ....'... . . . 

■ IMjiilomiilfii;!!** ..'.V . 
Killti.r: . :-.'..,. . V. .:: 

.Sir. Vl'lnlcr.....'. 
Marfcurc.i. Kemp. 

item: .'. : . .. 

Saleslady,. . . . . 
Deil-drc. (chl|.l) . 



Hill- liavl.i 
. Mil iiinr llopkinn 
till: VmiliM 

l-lni (.oiler 

. . .''Muliili'-x ..\KirH) 
...... I <iHI|> Ui-^.l 

. . ... Jliisoii- .l>ariis 

. . Anne lt.-vi-ri'. 

. .-. K.silier • l>;ile. 
..... . Anil . i-'.oili-c 

. . ..Ii.ncilll '■ Crelian 

. . ; l'ien'e -YViilklli 
, aijivl-ic, ll.wliolli. 
.'. .lleoi-ire- *l.eji.sey. 
.'. . . . . Alin lli.i-.-in 

, . ,l-'l .uh iii<» : lliifo 



ilrri version of John Van Drutens 
comedy, presented on Broadway 
three years ago, in addition to get- 
ting expansion on .trie front end" of 
the 'talc.'' .switched., .-the piece to 
Straight dramatics, displaying strong 
love triangle. Picture is a strong 
attraction, for the women and with 
both Bette Davis and Miriam Hop- 
kins' turning, in persuasive perform- 
ances, it's due for hefty boxofflce' 
returns and holdovers generally. 

Misses Davis and! Hopkins were 
schoolgirl chums. With former leav- 
ing home town-; to- carve literary 

' career, while latter settles to: happy 
marriage to John Loder. Bette Da- 
vis-returns for lecture, and. as guest 
of former pal. finds her with r child 
and writer of hot sexy novels which 
she agrees to read and ■ submit to 
publishers. Eight years ' later, Miss 

. Hopkins is a successful pop novelist 
and. hits New York with Loder and 
daughter for opening of Miss Davis' 
initial -play. ' Latter sees pending 
breakup of marriage, tries to pre- 
vent it. even though Loder tells of 
his walkout and real love lor. her, 
which she shuns on account of her 
best friend; She attempts unsuccess- 
fully to effect reconciliation. Next 
episode unfolds another 10 years, 
with Loder, now an Army major, 
renewing acquaintance with .Miss 
Dayis'. but latter is being romanced 
by Gig Young, 10 Vyears her junior. 
Moving swiftly to involvement, dra- 
matics tosses young daughter into 
arms of Young, Loder is engaged to 

■ another' woman, and. the two school- 
girl churns find themselves together 
and alone for mutual companion- 
ship. " 

Miss Davis, the willing one ot 
frustrated, romances, expertly han- 
dles her. assignment lor a spotlight, 
performance. Miss Hopkins is also 
standout as the flustery and explo- 
sive wife an.d novelist, while Loder 
delivers excellently in a particularly 
meaty role of the male lead-. Dolores 
Moran makes an. important contribu- 
tion as the ingenue, while Young 
clicks in his assignment. - 

Van Druten and Lenore Coffee 
have' devised fine script from .the 

. original play, deftly moulding - it to 
particular dramatic talents of Hop- 
pins-Davis, .while Vincent"' Sherman 

• provides fine directing job.: Photogr 
raphy is topnotch, with music score 
by Franz Waxman adding to dra- 
matic : tempo. Walt. 

Never a Dull Moment 

(SONGS) , 

.Universal releoae of Howard .Benedict 
. production. Stars JliW Urollici-a.- Francea 
- ' IJinffford: features Mury Beth HukIicb, 
Jack r^aHue. . Stuart Crawford. Klleuheih 
Flydon. -Directed by- Bdward I.llley. Screen 
play. Mel Ronaon, ■ Stanley Rolierl*. ' from 
orlKlnal l.y Roberta;' camera, :c'hnrlea Van 
Engei-:' editor, Paul .Tjandre*. Previewed In 
. rrojecllnn Room. N. Y., Oil. Sff, 'M. "Kun- 



a superb feminine dip and foil -for 
one of the Ritz frercs.- ...Stuart t.'ravv-" 
ford, Elizabeth Risclori arid Ciuti.'-ge- 
Zttcco also, go over. ■'" 
■ Edward Lillcy cliroclril. l>ri,-k)y 
and Charley Viin- iEhgcr's cann-ia- 
ing is topflight. U'ctir. - 



The ->la«l f.houl 

... (SONGS) .,. . 
Hollywood. Oct.: 

r.lllvei'sill leli-asi-' of Hen, I'iv.n. pnulne. 
liuli.' ,l-'c;il ni >'< ', Il.i v.i.l :Hi'iu '••.. l-;v-:i ll' \lik-- 
»»rs. li—rCe /.Un it,, ltolj-i l Ai:i.>.;riii.>.. 'l ; nr- 
«i:m liny, Miii.iiin: si.^i-: . !)uv. i. .1 i.y 
.Iii-iii.'H: l.tuciiii. si • |.i'il|.l;.y . I.. Ill mhI.i' W-i... .. 
Itiis. i'Miil <;nn»:i:ljii: .iiiKluul. Ilun.s Kiiily: 
i*iiiiici':i. . .MUtoli. '. K r;isni-r . . rililiir.' M llli.il' 
("iiri'illll. ' I'l-i.-vii U Ml- Oi'i: 'jy.' '.-t'-i. ■ KiitiiiiiiK 
lime, (II Ml. VS. 
tc.r Aliiv..ii;.. ..' ......' 



laallM 1.1'Wi 
Dr.' .Ml ii.il . 
Ken. MrC'luic. 
ICrlr Iver.Nuii . . 

Siiii-Rli.il 

I'lllKHII . . . 

Dcllir... .. 

i;,-iviKiin. ...... 

.ttarrlly. ... . 

<"a're.i'(iker. . . .', 



. .. . . Ili.ivl.l' llrii.'-c 
. .', . K\'Hytf. ,\ n|(ri H 
.:■ . . . jil-iHKiv. /.iii-.-ii. 
H.il.i'ir Ai'liisli-i.ii»r 

..'.;.. .Tin linn. 

'. ;. . . .Mlllilll li • Su.n».. 
. .'.\nili--\v 'Ciiiiili.'^ 
.. . Hose lll.l.lll l 
All.li.M'111 lt,,;ll;i|ilK 

.i 'iiiir.'i-M M.-iliiiw 

.. . .1 »UN " iJlllSMlilrf; 



nlMK lime, 60 M1N8. 

Three Kunny Bunniea. 

Julie Runnel! 

Dick Manning 

Mm. Sfiyler . MannlnK. 

Fin-: 

Tony .......... 

' Joey. ..;......'. 

. Romeo'. ', . 

51m. Vanilrake. 
Coniilioilo're Bnr'c.lny... 
Murphy. , 



f Hurry Itr 
...... .A Al Itilz 

' l.llinuiy Hltz 
..Frnncea I^inKford 
. ...Smart Cniivford 

. .Bllmilielir Rlndoiv 
.Mury Vnetli HuKhea 
.George Zucco 
...... .Lla.-k l.nllue 

.SMmmy Stein 

..' . .. Mil rlin ril Pi'-own 
>, ... . liiiiiKlun .U'o'nil 
. . ^tliarlcs Jordnli 



Miniature Reviews 

■Old Acquaintance? (WB). 
Belle Davis . and JVIiriaii) Hop- * ' 
kih.si due for hefty 'b.o. relunis. 

'Never ;x Dull Moiiient' (U). 

Hi Bros., Frances Langfprd in 
screwball comedy; stron ' '. 
support. • ; ... 

"The Mad Ghoul' i Songs). ,(U)! 
•ijoribr dramatics will hit good . 
box office in regular bookings. 

'Son of Uracuia' (U) . Well set 
up horror drama- to catch : pus- ' 
.Vomers addicted )o thrill-chills. 

.'Gangway for Tomorrow' 
(RKO). ; Programmer for the' 
duals; no names. 

: 'False Colors' ' (UA >; Good/ 
western in the Hopalong Cnssidy 
scries. ,-'.-,'.' - , ::' .'•'■ ;"' '■■ 

"Beyond. Last Frontier: ( 
Okay mustanger for duals. 



Geared for twin bills. 'Never, a 
Dull Moment' is first-rate 1 ight.- mus- 
: ical entertainment, strong ' as sup- 

Sorting picture on most dualers, with 
:itz Brothers and Prances Larigford: 
providing the marquee . lustre. Ritzes 
work better, and with brighter mate- 
rial than they've had for. some time. 

Familiar story is used principally 
as background for the Ritzes' she- 
nanigans, variety numbers arid Miss 
Langford's neat warbling. Ritz Bros, 
pose as Chicago mobsters, taking job 
at a N.. Y. nightclub under the im- 
pression they've been hired on their 
vaude rep as 'the Three Funny Buri- 
. nies. ' When they : learn- that Mary 
Beth- Hughes is a femme pickpocket 
■hired by the nftery operator to pass 
the stolen' jewels to them, (he 
whacky trio attempts to duck out. 
Romance concerns the nightclub 
, singer (Miss Langford) and a so- 
cialite. ." 

-.■': Miss . Langford . clicks' easily as the 
nilery songbird and photos neatly, 
■ registering solidly with - subh num- 
bers as ISleepy Time. Gal'- arid .'Blue 
Heaven,' Rit7.es do several of their 
better routines, all solidly sold. ' 

The. nitcry sequences' offer' the ex- 
ctrse to introduce the Igor-Pogi ball- 
room team and Rogers Dancers, both 
excellent. Production values are re- 
markably lavish for'.this type of pic- 
ture. Jack LaRue.'ono ot the night- 
'.cliib's strong-arm boys,' goes in for 
some comedy; but. still remains the 
♦fliiBhlft mAnare. Miss Hii*;hcs : makes 



Title easily tabs this ■ for the 
addicts of chill-thrill horror dramas. 
For those, audiences, it's. g<iod entry, 
that will catch v okay Coin at- the. 
w.ickets; and: might surprise, with- 
%bove-par biz for .a regulation pro- ' 
grammer. 

Story is a . typical, 'mad doctor' 
idea,^ with chemistry professor 
George Zu.cco delving into, research 
into ancient Egyptian gases that 
stun its victims, arid requires heart 
fluid of a lately ^deceased person for 
revival.:' Zucco enlists aid of med- 
ical student David Bruce' for. the re- 
search ' .and . deliberately gives the 
youth a dose . 6f the gas. .Yarn 'then 
runs through. scries of :ghoulish epi- 
sodes where, pair obtain heart ■ fluid 
to return Bruce to normal, while, 
they, follow Evelyn Ankers around 
a concert circuit to put reporter 
Robert Armstrong on the trail. 
Newsman's death ..gives clue that 
corners bqth Bruce arid Zucco— after 
Bruce discovers the .truth and gives, 
the doctor, a dose of the chemical 
gas. 

Bruce and Zucco handle leads as 
victim and Svengali, respectively. 
Miss: Ankers is nicely spotted as the 
girl singer, who. delivers .three clas- 
sical numbers along the way. Arm-, 
strong is a zippy reporter; Turhan 
Bey the girl's accompanist;, and Mil- 
burn Stone handles role of a detec- 
tive. Rose Hobart has a brief spot 
as a society' reporter. ■ . 

.In directing, James Hogan accen- 
tuates the horror' aspects of the tale 
for consistent effect— as far as 'such 
a. tale can go in plausibility. Walt. 

Sen «»f DraeHla 

Hollywood, Oct. 29. 

.Unlveraai Te^leaae of Ford Betue . (Doliiild 
H. -Bran-n) production.- RUre; Loji. (;hnhey; 
fealurea Robert Palite;.- T^oiiliie. -Alllnltton. 
Evelyn. Ankers;. Frank Craven. •'.!..• Kdword 
Bi-omberg. Directed, by. 'Robert slodmnk. 
Screenplay by Kric .Taylor.: ui-iKinal. Cour- 
tis.. Siodinak; <-ainera, GeorKe .. Roblh«in: 
editor. Saul-Goodklhd: «xm. 'illterioi-. Sfel- 
vIlHi Shyer. Previewed Oct. W, "4:i. . Run- 
nlnic time. 19 .MINK. 

Count ' Draculn ."^ , ... :l;on. -Ch.niey 

Frank Stanley.. .... .,. .Hoberi I'lilge. 

Knliierlne '.Caldwell. . ; . . . i.i.uIkc Alllu-lltoh 

Olalre Caldwell Evelyn Ank'era 

U.octor Brewaler. .-; . ... . . /.'fi'n'nk (.'mveh 

Profewoi- T^xlo':.. , . .,1. Kilwanl. Iti-onibei-K 
Judge '^Immona.' ..'...; s^miuel s. rllinda 

Madame Zimba. . Ailellne OcWnlt Ileym.lds 

Sheriff Dawea... ..Patrick .Mofl.nliy 

Sarab. . . .... . . Btur M. Diinlcl 

Colonel .Caldwell.;.-. ........ .Georae .li'vlng 

This ;s another in the profitable 
Universal series of 'Dracula' horror 
features which' have been peri- 
odically turned out during the past 
dozen, years. It's a good entry of its 
type, and due for coinful box office 
reception from the thrill-inclined 
customers. 

Plot, in detailing the legendary 
transformation of humans to vam- 
pire form at night through throat- 
bites by a previous victim, ships 
Dracuia's son (Lon Chaney) to a 
small town where Louise' Ailbritton 
is an occult follower. . There"s the 
usual lonely manse With surround- 
ing woods; and killings by the nighU 
flying vampire to arouse the coun- 
tryside. .Miss. Ailbritton marries 
Chaney whom she believes' to be a 
Hungarian count, and comes. under 
his influence. Her affianced; Robert 
Paige,, figures, strange things going 
on,, arid compares notes with town 
doctor, Frank Craven, arid psychol- 
ogist. J. Edward Bromberg. After 
usual series of suspenseful episodes. 
Paige is able to' kill vampirish forms 
of both Chaney and Miss Ailbritton 
for fadeout— but it's 1 a cinch the 
Dracula stairi will, be revived again 
for further cinematic adventures. 

Direction by. Robert . Siodmak 
points up , the scarey dramatics of 
the -tale, 'while low key lighting by 
George Robinson assists materially 
in plotting the unfolding. .. Walt/; 



*Uangtva.y for ; Tomorrow 

' HIvO jvleaae of John. H'. Auer proilui-'llnn, 
ilirci-tcil by' Aucr. ' 3.'em.lircM .Mur^.i; .IMin. 
('lirrmlliie. lt.tU-.i-[ ltyjiil. An)Clllii Wiiril, 
.Wlliiiiin Tci-ry. : W:illy - Hinw ii..'. Aliin- I'al-- 
ncy. . Si-i-cenpluy,'- Arch olmlciv frunv "i.ii;-.. 
mill :Miny by. Ahidnr Ljisxlii:. .-jifl:ev;i. -.Nii-h- 
V.:n.i. .Mcmlmcu: muaii- diriH-hn-. 1 ('.- ll:iU;i-' 
leinlkufr; editor, .tlcorce-'. (;l■llhe;■ .'I'nide- 
y|u»\vn lii. N. V.," No\\ ■' i. : ' l.'t." iiiihln^' 
liiiie. «t> ><INS. 
Mi'eiic '; ; , . ... . . : -. 

\Y'ollin|:4un. . . 

J«K i . . .';'.■- 
Mnrv . *. 

Hob. Nol.-in 

J-Vcd Tiiyliii-. ; 

liu'rke 

.Ilni Iteii^iin . ..... 

Sain ....... ;-.': .• ; . .; 

SvviilliiW. .'.' . 

■]>nn Riirti.ii. , . . 
t'olnnc'l . .Mueller. . 
J'ele. . . — . ; 

MrVhunli- '.-.•.:.'. 

Mechanic. ..'. '. 

Hunk. . .'. .-. ;. ;■.-;:.'. 

Hndr.. Annoilti'-.i-i- 



.... . . ... ; . . .M:irpo 

:.^.Jnhn t'lirrit'dllli- 

. . ^ Itobort Kytln 

...Aillcllt.'l . Wiic.l 

. . . . . .Wllilani Terry 

. Iliirry Davenport 

. . . ; lame* ' Jlell- 

; ...Charlcfl. Ar'nl 
. . : . . . ; Wu'lly liriiwn 

Alan 'Ca'riicy 

. : . : . . . Krfonl . rjauc 
...... ;l[lch'a lit' Hyen. 

. .AVyrren ' H'ymer. 
..Mli-lcicl ;'St. AiikcI. 
. . ..I>irti p'ill:ivv-;iy 

. . .Sri in- '-Slc|)iinlci£ 
'. .John. Wiibl 



TITLE CHANGES 

Hollywood. Nov. 

'Where Are Your; Children?' is re- 
lease tag on 'Where Are -My Chil-. 
dren?' at Monogram. 

'Heart of a City' at Columbia big-' 
carne 'Tonight and Every Night.' 

Republic reduced 'The Monster 
and the Lady' to 'The Monster.' ' 

"It. Happened Last' Night' is release 
handle on 'He'r Bachelor Hu'sbarid' at 
Monogram. . 

. 'You'll Never Get . ich. ! Metro 
short, became. 'Shoe Shine Boy.-' 

. 'It Happened. Last Night' at. Mono^ 
gram will reach the- screen its . '.What 
a Man.' 



The boxofflce potential of the na- 
tionalistic spirit, of course, remains 
as strong- a- bet wha (ever the field of 
enterlainrnent, and jt is this factor 
that qualifies "Gangway for Tomor- 
row' for ' whatever b.o. prominence 
it achieves. . Minus names arid 
budgeted for the duals, 'Gangway' 
skirts' .'the propaganda borderline in 
its retrospect narrative of five per-, 
sons and the story behind, their, em- 
ployment in an American war plant. 
- It's an Arch Obdler screenplay, 
.which may. explain partially the 
'differerit' kind of. story that it is, 
for the radio scripter has apparently 
used considerable imagination' - in 
weaving this yarn from* an. original 
by . Aladar Laszlo. John H. Auer's 
direction has: captured, the intent of 
the story; and so have the perform- 
ers, but the story is not for generally 
popular consumption. 

It's a yarn that tells the motiva- 
tion behind the desire of five people 
to go to work in a plane factory. 
There was . the French refugee. 
(M'argo), who had been active in the 
French underground movement be- 
fore her escape to America. She 
went to work in the factory because 
that,, assuredly, was her way to do 
her share in achieving, the ultimate 
■victory for her people. And soibn. 

Margo, John! Carradine, Robert 
Ryan, Amelita Ward, William Terry, 
Wally Brown and Alan Carhey head 
the cast, and all give plausible per- 
formances, but the general treat- 
ment 'keeps this strictly- in -the dual 
groove, which . was apparently the 
ultimate intention anyway. Krthn. 



False Colors 

■ Hollywood, Oct. 30. 

failed Art lata rclcaao of Harry Sherman 
Il.iwls ll.nliinli) |>i-oductlon. Slara Wil- 
liam Boyd: feuturea Andy Clyde. Jhnmv 
Itouera. Directed by Ueoive Arrhalnliaud.- 
tb-iif.lnnl. screenplay by Bennett Cohen: 
camera, UukscII llorliin; editor. Fred Her.-. 
Kfr: awit. 'dlre<-loi-. -Glenn Cook. Previewed 
Del.. 131. '4M. Running lime. 04 MINS. 
" . . . Wlllinm. Boyd. 

. -.'. . . .'Andy ' <.|yd.'i 
; .'. . Jimmy HoKei-a 

;.....' .Tom Seldel 

....Claudia Drnke 

oURliia Dumbrlllc 
Bo*. Xlli<*u.ni 
....(Ilebn Stranpc 

.-. . .'.Tlci-ce . I ,yilcn 
.......Roy -narcroft 

. . .... . .. .Siini. .I'Ninl 

. ... Kar|c..lIoiUlil.s 

. . . Kli|ier .leronic 



Hopalong Ca NHldy . . 
Callfovnla Carlnon.. 
.Itinmy Rogerfi. , . . ,, 
HU.l I 

KU i ...'.. 

Knllll . , 

Ki'Sli-r... 

Kin ':..'..-. . . . 

Siinoi'if 

i.efty.. 

Slierlff W.irtln. 

-Judge Sloven*'. . 
Lawyer Cr'lfren.-.-.-. , 
Slc\-.crs. . . ... . , . . 



■False Colors' is (he 49th in the 
Hopaloiig Cassidy scries, and con- 
tains the. familiar ingredients of he- 
roics, broad' comedy, ' fist ■ and gun 
rights, and fast riding. It'sva good 
entry for the western audiences. 

Plot gives William Boyd, and his 
pais; Andy Clyde arid Jimmy- Rogers, 
the assignment of exposing a ring 
which attempts to substitute an im- 
poster for a murdered youth who is 
heir, .to a large cattle ranch. -It's 
done in the usual vieorous and fight- 
ing western" cinematic style, .provid- 
ing plenty of action along the .way 
Cor the paying customers. - 

Jimmy, Rogers, soil of the late Will 
Rogers, is introduced as .Hoppy's' ro- 
mariticaUy-ihcliried sidokick; but dis- 
rilays camera frig'ht.in reading of his 
lines, Boyd- continues his fiimiliai 1 
role as, the. western hero, while 
Clyde delivers iisiial quota of broad 
comedy. Tom Seidcl adequately 
handles a dual role; Claudia Drake 
is the girl; and Douglas Dumbrillc 
heads the- manipulating mob. 

Direction by George Archairibaud 
hits a slciidv elio; while trademarked 



scenic backgrounds of -the scries are 
again present to add eye. appeal: foij 
the" "slick camera work by Russell 
Harlan. : -Wiilr. 



Itoyoiiil I lio lMSf Front' i«»r 

.Reiniblic relc(i»ie of -Loii rlray .|ir.ii1iii.tlnii. 
I'c.iliircji Kihlie Dew. an.l ^niilc> ■'.llinni-llc, 

I'Mrccli-il l»>^ Ihiwiml llii-illrrHni. Si-r 

|iln,\-.: ..lolih K, inuli-i- ami .\i.>nnn ilifuii: 
'i'iiipi.|-;i, .tt'lnl ■' :i'liiM-kiri-> ; ' etiiioi;.' ( *li;i i b-^i 
Cr.-ifi ; . nunilc. : .M.n-v ' nil. kiniiii. -At ■ x.-u; 
York, . .V. Y,, •y.w-k i Hi . ■ '.^1. dual.. 
Kunning .liinc. .10. .MI\S 
iiihii. raiil' llcvi-rc.. 



l-'riiK" -Mililiiuiiie; 
Susan ('ooii..'.'. 
Trigger Dolnn. . , 
Hi;; Kill MailH-y 
'Since - l\l|U-ai.l.. 
Sieve. Kin. ;il»r;, . 
Ma'jor Conk. . . ; . 
tMVile Itart.ni. . . 



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Femmes On Spot 



'■ 'Beyond the . Last Frbnliei:' starts 
oil with something relatively fresh 
as the reason for all. the shooting. 
Thp reason holds up fairly well Un- 
til the plot' based: On it gels lob com- 
plicated. But this hoss opry is ade- 
quate for the grade. 

Pic. introduces Eddie: Dew as a 
Western hero, "lie is out' of Coast 
stock and shows tip as' a persoiiablc 
young Jcllow who handles' his riot- 
too-dtfficult role easily. ..Smiley: 
Burnette, co-fealurcd. turns- in an 
acceptable performance^ as Dew.V 
heart-of-gold sidekick. 

'Beyond', deals wilh the redoubt- 
able Texas Rangers and a gang of 
outlaws trying to run. ' contraband 
through . Ranger . territory. The 
prairie cops have a flngerman iDcw) 
planted among the. badmcn, arid thc : 
crooks are. running into plenty of. 
trouble.. Gang .succeeds- in planting 
a stool-pigeon among the ' Rarfgers. 
The rest of the film then ^revolves 
around these two spies chasihji each 
other ,' amidst : much shooting and, 
scenery. 

The love interest is negligible.- but 
counter-spy angle gels so .-'involved'. 
(he : N,, Y; audience-' snickered: at 
oho point when film was caught; ■ ic : 
sulfeis frorri bad location lighting at. 
several: places. Direction and pho- 
tography are standard. . 



I 

. i 

Contiriuetl from .-paur ;t — 1 

of Ihcse vehicles is atilom-.r.jcal- 
ly broadened. .' 

; 20th-Fbx, which; during the past 
two years acquired an unusually .-large- 
number of books and '.-plays, is iiot 
bidding as actively in JIcw .Ynr 
from; accounts, ■ since -the return bf 
Darryl - Zanuck as studio production 
head. Previous to its recent buy ing' 
spree. 20th was not- a heavy hook 
arid. play buyer. Zanuck prefer/ orig- 
inals, often personally directing his 
;c'orps of scripiers. 
, For a tinic Bert Bloch'. . M.- 
i story ..department head for 20th. . 
given virtually carte blanche iii pay- 
ing; for. rights to plays or. books 
which, hC; considered outstanding-. 

-Warners is reported expanding its 
story purchase's and, contrary ui '.past 
procedure, is having more riidierial' 
rend in New York, Waitiers, V.mkirig 
for more' originals, has also' been 
siibsidizirig writers, 

RKO and' Universal have been de- 
pending mostly on. original scripts, 
Former company now. has 
writers in the studio mills. 



New Gadget 

Continued from page 3 



Paramount and 20lh-Fox already 
hold a substantial stake; in Scophony. 
via subsidiary in the Case of Par, 
arid in 20th, through General Pre- 
cision ., Equipment, reputedly; the 
largest single stockholder in 20th- 
Fox. ' If currerit . negotiations are- 
successfully concluded Uwq or more 
Aim companies are; expected to sign 
in the near future), this would. make 
Scophony of America the largest 
television outfit linked to the film 
industry, arid with the most repre- 
sentation among major picture cor- 
porations. 

Add Film Associates 
Not known for sure but signs point 
to Scophony taking in. these addi- 
tional major film companies possibly 
because of a desire to avoid any re- 
straint of trade charges. It appears 
•likely th jt arrangements for' a pos- 
sible buy-in could be made .without 
disturbing, the present Scophony set- 
up with Par. and 20th. .Attitude of 
Scophony is that additional, interests 
could be given in the ; corporation 
since the FCC admittedly, would not 
favor any two major; monopolizing 
one specific phase of television. Also 
reported that later equipment would 
be made available by Scophony V 
indie exhibitors. 

. Along with this new trend of film 
companies; mostly, those with the- 
atre affiliates, latest indication is 
that Scophony will be in position to 
liver some 200 Supersonic anc! Skia- 
troti television projectors to Par and 
20th deluxe 'theatres' in outstanding 
key cities almost immediately after 
the war ends. 

The change in the present light 
fabric of television broadcasting, ac- 
cording to Levey, comes from the. 
Scophony Skiatron Opacity Tele- 
vision System, invented by Dr. A. H. 
Rosenthal,; company's research clirec- 
tor. . ■; ;■■ 

'With the incorporation ' of Sco- 
phony television picture, 'storage' 
methods into postwar television: re-' 
ceivers. many more noninterfcring 
televisjon transmission stations be- 
come possible within the sarrie tele- 
vision broadcasting band;'- said 
Levey. This . makes for greater 
competition, more, and - better quality' 
television programs and is generally 
in the public interest.- '■..-.;. 

He pointed out Ski- 
atron television ' receiver .'permit's 
Ihe reduction of the band width by 
at least 06';, meaning that this 
.would make possible (he. establish- 
ment 6f. six telecasting sUilioris' 
where four such stations can be lo- 
cated at present. Scophony's. tcle- 
■vision : setup, has been, described . as 
.one incorporating. ihe arc-light prin- 
ciple, mitch the same as the motion 
picture projector;- thereby obtaining 
sufficient ., light to rmikc possible 
wide-screen - ..televi.sioi) ' with suf- 
flciently sharp .image.'- 



4th War Loan 

s Continued from pace.} s 

S185.000; and .SS^'farmv-.Tnagaxiries. 
donated ads valued at $70,000. ." , 

"In addition, national advertisers 
placed ads ion. war 1 bond copy .in 
newspapers,' magazines, radio and in 
(the outdoor field,-, which were -not" 
-actually measurable, but. estimated in 
value at $1,799,467;' Gamble said the 
value -.-of aid by .the. film, industry, 
theatres.- schools, ■ retail ; establish- 
ments, etc., could not bc : calculiited, 
60,000,000 Individual Sales 

'IV is- possible,'' he said, 'thai the 
individual bond sales in- (his Third 
War Loan may reach' the .staggering 
total , of 60,OOp;6O0. sales, an almost 
impossible physical (ask -in the- short 
space alloted to the drive.! 

Gamble said .'that if it had been 
possible to figure in dollars and cents 
the job done by Hollywoqd and the 
theatres, it would' run into millions, 
comparing' favorably with the new. 
papers and radio. The preliminary 
Government survey, he said, indi- 
cated ' that the War Bond Premieres, 
the : appearance of screen stars at. 
rallies, and other theatrical jobs' were 
highly effective in reaching small 
bond/buyers. 

WAC officials made no effort to' 
estimate the amount of money spent 
'by," the. theatres and studios in 
financing the Hollywood Bond Cav- 
alcade, the war veterans' airmadas, 
the special films, lobby decorations 
and special theatre advertising. It 
was guessed - ; unofficially that this 
alone cost 'the 'industry over $1,000,- 
000. ' 

'We have made no effort to tabu- 
late- the cost,' said Si Fabian, chair- 
man Of -the theatres division. -The 
expenses were shared by thousands 
of theatres, all . studios, and many in- 
dividuals. If we helped make the 
Third War Loan a success, the effort 
was cheap.- 



Labor tack 

= Continued from, page 3 55 

Bing -Crosby starrer, and 'Experi- 
ment Perilous.' The three pictures 
winding up- the 1943-44 schedule are 
'.None- But the Lonely Heart' (Cary- 
Grant). 'The Gibson Girl' (Ginger 
Rogers), and 'Elizabeth Kenny' 
1 Rosalind . Russell,); 

Six in Tints 

At least six pictures ne-xl .year, are 
to be Technicolor, one of the big 
biidgeters being 'Spanish Main.'. Pat' 
O'Brien is slated for two pictures, 
'Marine Raiders' and; 'Having a 
Wonderful Crime.' 

With the biggest backlog of com- 
pleted 'pictures in company's his- 
tory, five completed but not' yet. re- 
leased, Koerner said there was rrow- 
ample time to prepare scripts care- 
fully before going .into, "production. 
The. stot'y situation. Koerner said, Is 
acute, though - RKO. has over 40 
writers on the. .lot-.': Koerner does riot 
believe, in paying faniastic prices for 
.screen rights to plays. . ' , 

The- Gildersleeve arid Lum '» 
Abncr series are to be continued 
-next year due to their big fqllowinjl. 
in .cortain tevriiories; Kocrnejvadtled. 
He does, riot expect to iiiake' many 
war pictures next season- but if * 
good; yarn comes aibri'g It will .-,be.' 
filmed. ' 

Asked what RKO would do with 
(he Orson Welles 'and Pare '.-LoreriB 
footage Koerner said he wished he 
knew. He's looking for a story to fl 1 
the footage. RKO studio topper ex 
poets 'to. return to the Coast Nov-. «. 



Wednesday, November 3, 1913 



P&RIETY 



PICTURES 



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Pointing to; the fact "that the 
studios are today turning out the 
'create*! number' of quality pictures 
In history, Ben Kalmenson, general 
sales manager for Warner Bros.; 
Issues a warning to theatre opera- 
tors against cheating the public with 
'trick pictures' and freak exploita- 
tion which, in his opinion, will send 
them away feeling disgruntled and 
imposed upon, with the ultimate' 
effect of alienating . many regular 
patrons. Several cases of this kind 
have come to his attention in recent 
weeks, he slated. 

'Glass A houses, charging lop 
prices of admission in the ■com- 
munity..' the Warner- sales chieftain 
added, 'must present' only quality 
pictures.' and they cannot affprd to 
abuse the confidence of trusting 
filmgoers with currently sensational 
catchpenny attractions that aren't 
worth rlrsl -run admission scales.' 

In limes like the present, when 
theatre.-, are drawing the 'highest at- 
lend.nuo in the history of the bttii-- 
noss. 'almcnson noted," there is a 
golden opportunity for dealing and 
ceniohiing goodwill for the screen 
in 'general-— a chance to 'make 
permanent friends and customers of 
iiiiIIhi.ii>. who have not been steady 
film patrons in the' 'past.' 
■ Kalmonsnn. who presided at lasl 
week's three-day Warner sales con- 
vention . in Chicago; added that many 
now .customers .-also are being de- 
veloped among the nation's youth, 
nnd lhi> oilers a chance to not only 
help solve the juvenile delinquency 
problem by providing wholesome 
- entertainment but also to make new 
patrons who w ill "continue to be. 
filmgoers for life. Warner sales head 
also feels that , there is no - need for 
■first-run theatre to drop below- 
established entertainment' slaudards 
and sacrifice valuable prestige in 
order to nil bookings since there is 
an ample supply of lop entertain- 
ment for every type of operation. 

Kalmenson. however, wanted il 
clearly understood that he isn't 
urging exhibitors not to play, any 
particular kind of picture. On the 
• 'contrary, he said, there is a right 
'theatre tor every type and quality 
of picture made but each must be 
shown in its proper. theatre and tin- 
der proper conditions. 

Since statislics showed that the 
boxortice nourished during World 
War I but lost much of its attend- 
ance in the depression that followed, 
the Warner sales manager warns 
that 1 1 1 i can be avoided in the pres- 
ent- era il exhibitors lake special 
pains to keep faith with their patrons 
a i i i.l strengthen the growing ties be- 
tween the picture industry and the 
general public. 

Roadshow inss Set 

Chicago, Nov. 2. 

Whiii> no .definite decision was 
reached at Ihe Warner Bros, sales 
.conference' -held' 'at- the Blackstone 
'Hotel la-t '.week, it is almost certain 
thai 'Mark Twain' and 'Saratoga 
Trunk' will be roadshown in 15H-1 at 
increased admission prices. 

The day. and. a half .meeting, pre- 
sided over by Ben Kalmenson and 
aneiiiled by approximately 2(1- dis- 
trict managers and home ■ office ex- 
ecutives, wound up Saturday i.'UH. 
It was confined to over-all company 
Policies 'and problems and the lay- 
ing oi' merchandising plans for the 
coming year. No mention of fur- 
ther reissues was made in the di.>- 
ousMor.s of the. estimated 10 pictures 
to !>■> released during .the sales drive 
scheduled from Dec. J9;lo May'Kf: 

-S. Charles Einfeld and Mori . lu- 
■meiisi/ifk di-cussed the advertising 
campaign lard out for 'Tlie Desert 
Sons;." f,n- which in excess of $25 .- 
•000 'will be spent for 'promotion'. 



NAME JENKINS PREXY I 
OF L&J GA. CIRCUIT I 

William K. Jenkins. parfner of the 
late -Arthur Lucas in the Lucas & 
Jenkins circuit in Georgia, has been 
named president of the chain fol- 
lowing a meeting in Atlanta last 
week among Paramount homeoM'ice 
theatre executives. Jenkins and trus- 
tees of the Lucas estate. 

The Lucas & Jenkins chain, oper- 
ating around 00 theatres in Georgia, 
is a Par partnership..'. An anti-trust 
suit, brought by independents in 
competition with L&J, is pending in 
the Fedcrau courts. 

Par h.o. delegation attending .last 
week's sessions at- -Atlanta included 
Leonard Goldenson. v. p. of Par over 
all theatre operations: Leon Net; •. 
v.p. of Pat Theatres Service Corp.; 
Montague F. Gowthorpc. comptrol- 
ler of Par theatres, and ■ Walter 
Gross, theatre /.department attorney. 



Studio Contracts 



Grefcn Draws Kyser Pic 

Hollywood, Nov: 2. 

Columbia signed Alfred E. Green 
as a director following his recent job 
as pilot of 'There's Something About 
a Soldier.'' now in the cutting room. 

First chore will be a musical: still 
untitled, .with Kay Kyser starring. 



Hollywood, Nov. 

Bane Lyndon, writer renewed by 
20th-Fox. 

Edmtind 'Gwenn inked pact : at 
Metro. . 

Frances GifYord's oplipn picked up 
by .Metro- 

Marion Bell, of San Francisco 
opera, inked player pact at Metro. 

James Millican's player option 
picked up by 'Paramount'. 

Joan Lorring drew player ticket at 
Metro. 

.Robert Lees inked Scripting con- 
tract at Paramount. 

Ted Donaldson Yew player ticket 
at Columbia. ;•■' 

Fred Rinaido signed as writer by 
Paramount: 

Joan Lawrence drew a player con- 
tract with Metro. 

Anita Louise's option lifted by Co- 
lumbia. 

Alexander Pope, radio actor, 
sighed by Paramount... 
. James 'Brown's. act ;. option picked 
up. at Paramount; 

. Gei ia Young's .minor contract with 
PRC approved by court. 



Discontinue War Workers' A.M. Shows 
Because of No Theatre Personnel 



\>v. 

• workers shows here, 
design l the special needs of 

late-hour workers, are being discon- 
tinued, not so 'much from lack of 
patronage as for the . difticuliiies of 
getting theatre personnel. 

Both Ihe United Detroit chair, nd 
the downtown Fox. which drew 5.0.00. 



'Army' Cut to Canadians 

; Toronto. 

A 'generous portion' of the Cana- 
dian proceeds of 'This Is Ihe Army! 
iWBi will be turned over to the 
Canadian Army Recreation Fund, 
according to a mutual agreement en- 
tered into by .Warno' Bros.. Famous 
Players-Canadian, and the Canadian 
Government. xact percentage not 
divulged, . 

Long-delayed preeni of 'Army' 
was staged at Imperial here and w-iil 
hold over for some weeks, as ex- 
pected: 



war-plant workers for months to its 
early a.m. shows: iscontinued 
the policy chiefly because- of the in- 
ability to get theatre staffs to wor 
the extra long hours or to nd new 
help to properly man the houses for 
the additional show.-. • 
. The unions and industry coopcral- 
cdweli in Detroit in 'building up. at- 
tendance among their late shifts for 
Ihe special shows and even volun- 
teered in some instances, to supply 
the personnel to help in -stalling the 
houses, which was not a suitable so- 
lution in view of the fact that ther 
was the likelihood of: a clash be- 
tween CIO and the AFf, theatre 
unions over such a procedure. 

The oddity in the Detroit pictur 
is that the heavy demand, for war- 
plant workers itself wa's the obstacle 
to providing them with shows to hit 
their working hours belter! Plenty 
theatre help here lias .been drained 
off- by. the' industrial plants which 
left skeleton -starts or. women re- 
placements incapable of working the 
longer hours to provide them wRh 
the swing-shift shows:. 



Joan. Davis Sues for 10OG 

l .os Angeles. Nov. 2. 
Joan Davis ii, suing a local diug 
shiie chain tor '.$100,000. complaining 
.abuui wrong direction's on a per- 
..scriptiou .made. out by her doctor and 
filled by one of the chain'.s druggist* 
Actress 'declares she collapsed on 
a ■et at RKO as a result of . following 
the wrong directions. » 



TENTH 
ANNIVERSARY 
EDITION 




flRIETY 




Published 'in 'Hollywood 

Friday, October 2!», 1943 

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PICTURES 



Wednesday, November 3, 1913 



Libson's 12 Now Under Schwartz's 0.0. 
CoL Frudenfeld as Division Manager 



E. X. Alperson, general manager* 
of RKO Theatres, has added the 12. 
RKO theatres iri Cincinnati and Day- 
ton, formerly operated by the late' 
Ike Li , to those already under 
the supervision of So! A. wartz, 
RKO western zone, manager, there 
are nine houses in Cincinnati and 
three In Dayton. 

'Alperson last Monday. U) also as- 
signed : Jim Brennan. -RKO eastern 
zone manager, to supervision of. the 
two RKO theatres in Boston former- 
ly handled by Schwartz. 

Col. Arthur Frudenfeld will be 
division ' manager of the Libson 
houses. Harold J. Mirisch. RKO 
chief film buyer and booker, I will 
handle the. Cincinnati and Dayton 
houses through the N. Y. home office. 



N. Y. Film Advertisers 
Seek Gable As 



Speaker 



For the' luncheon which the Asso- 
ciated Motion Picture Advertisers, 
N. Y., vyill hold at the Astor hotel 
Nov. 17, the organization is trying to 
round up some war heroes as special 
guests 'and. among others, hopes to 
get Capt. Clark ;Gable, who's, back in 
this country now.. 

Postmaster General Frank . C. 
Walker, who is interested in the 
Comerford circuit, will be guest of 
honor, while Charles (Socker) Coe, 
A.p. of the Hays' office, will act a5 
master of ceremonies. 

Luncheon will beheld in the main 
ballroom of the Astor, with the- tap 
$3.50 per head. 



U. S. Films to Educate 
Fascists, Says C. F. Coe 

Montreal, Nov. 2. 
Defining motion picture production 
as 'a $2,000,000,000 industry devoted 
to the commercialization of the emo- 
tions.' Charles Frances Coe. v. p. and 
general counsel of the Motion 'Pic- 
ture Producers and Distributors oi. 
America, in. ah address to the Ad- 
vertising and Sales Executives Club 
if this city Wednesday (27), sdded: 
It is an art industry and if ever it 
fails as an art, it will fail as an in- 
dustry; if ever it fails as an industry 
it will wither as an art.' 

The motion ■■picture- would play a 
major role in the re-education of 
Germany after the war. he declared, 
•by the simple process of -showing en- 
tertainingly the way ypu and I have 
learned to live in the denvocracies.' 

Unlike, the European motion pic- 
ture of pre-war vintage, 'we had and 
we propose to have a full screen,' 
Coe asserted. He added that the. in- 
dustry took pride in that it 'has 
never had a profitable contract with 
the government. We have made their 
educational and training films with- 
out a: cent of profit." 

BERGMAN'S TOUE 

- Maurice Bergman. Univcrsal's 
eastern ad-publicity director, starts 
a swing through the middlewcst to 
meet representative newspaper edi- 
tors on Nov. 13. 

Plans stopping off in about seven 
key cities while en route to the Coast 
where he will see new product at 
the studio. 



Lou Pollock Succeeds 
Curly Harris at UA 

Paul N. Lazarus, irector of ad- 
vertising ajul publicity ' for United 
Artists, has appointed Lou Pollock, 
to replace Robin (Curly) Harris, who 
recently resigned as UA publicity 
manager to go into the Army. 

Pollock, who . has been handling 
publicity for the Society of Indepenr 
dent Motion Picture Producers, -on 
the Coast, was formerly eastern pub- 



Sunday Pic Voted Down in Jackson; 
Other Theatre-Exchange Briefs 



• : " . . ^ IICL III B.MK 

licily and advertising manager for tne .question 



Memphis. Nov. 2. 
Jackson. West Tennessee's largest 
city outside ■ Memphis, has voted 
down Sunday movies for the third 
time in eight years. Once, more the 
strongly-entrenched Protestant Pas- 
tor's Association has emerged .win- 
ner in a. municipal referendum on 



Universal. He was previously with 
the RKO and Publix B & K theatre 
circuits. 

Pollock, in replacing Harris, will | 
also serve as assistant to Lazarus. 



Joe Lee to Step Into 
20th Exec Sales Post 



Vote was held Thursday (28), with 
citizenry deciding 1.311 to. 956 
against Sabbath pictures. Negative 
majority was Jargest of the three on 
record, measure having lost by. 250 
ballots in 193B and 285 in 1940 as 
compared with current 346. 

Referendum was ordered . after 
pastors' group had protested, when 
ncwly-eleCtcd City Commission 
opened movie doors on own initia- 
tive Aug. 1. Commission answered 
protest by establishing 60-day trial 
period to culminate in. election of 



ene Custer, 'of Charleston. W. Va., 
nd has already taken over the Lewis 
theatre. There will be no changes in 
the staff, Mrs. Elsie Loudermilk re- 
maining as manager. 

Veronica Sero, formerly of the 
Jack Judd poster house, is how with 
National Screen Service, and her 
post with the former firm has been 
taken oyer by Mercedes Kubiak. 

Femmes Rule the Roost 

San Antonio, Nov. 2. 
Mildred Hall named assistant' 
manager of Empire by E. E. Collins, 
city manager of Interstate Theatres. 
Beulah Green is manager and, is first 
house here to be completely- : taken 
over by members of the distaff side. 



New York Theatres 



Moving from the 20tb-Fox ex _ 
change, N. Y., where he was sales | past week 
supervisor, Joe Lee will go into an' 

important exec sales post for 20th I Vote-on Sunday Fix 

in one of three cities which are un- Reading, Pa., Nov. 2 

der discussion.: These are Chicago, ; ««'dents of _Laureldale, hosiery 
C.eve.and and Detroit *ut a, yet hf^^^,^^- 
decision s to the territory where Although Rca ding has had Sun 
the homeoffice wanU Lee to go. to- day movies since 1928> either as 
gether with . details on jhe assign- benefits or as legalized - commercial 
ment, have not as yet been worked showings, only : one of the 30 
out. Chicago is the most likely. boroughs in the county. West Read 
Since: checking out of the N,' V. ing.^^ted to date for Sunday 
branch, where he served lor 20 <j.| le Laureldale vote is expected to 
years. Lee has been on vacation in be favorable. The borough has. one 
Miami, having returned from there theatre, the Laurel, 
last Thursday (28). | Joseph M. Green, of N. Y.. has 

The Motion Picture Associates, of leased the long-idle Capitol here and 
which Lee was president last, year, reopened it for Friday and_Saturday 
tendered a luncheon at the Astor vaudfilm combos. Norman Clock, for 
hoteli N. Y.. on Friday (29) in his I m erly with' Paramount studios, 



honor, at which tribute was paid the I "»»"»««-. 



The house has been reno 
■,, ,, . o , i vated: Opening bill. Ann Corio's 

cteran film seller by Sam Rinzler, . Jung)e siren' and five- vaudeville 

independent circuit operator; Harold. ac ts; i7c to. 65c. 



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Rodner, Warner circuit executive; 
Joseph T. Higgins; former Collector 
of Internal Revenue. N. Yr. Congress- 
man James Fay of N. Y., and David 
Wilentz, attorney-general for New 
' Jersey. Congressman, Fay predicted 
' a war of long duration and took the 
occasion to make a plea for the pur 
chase, of more war bonds. 

At the luncheon a motion was of- 
fered and seconded for the donation 
by the MPA. of $150 to the National 
War Fund! Jack Ellis, branch man 
ager for United Aritists at N. Y.. 



Harry C. Olmslcad, manager, of 
Warner here past 18 months, will 
take a new job in Warner Bros, 
studio. A native of N. Y.. Olmstcad 
came to Reading from York. Pa. His 
successor not yet announced. 



Faulkner's Takeover 

Philadelphia.. Nov. 2. 

Fred -"Faulkner.- North Jersey the 

at re: operator, has purchased the 

Edge Moor. Edge Moor. Del. New 

house, in a suburb of Wilmington; 

was acquired from Al Fischer 

Philly cxhib.- foi\ undisclosed figure. 

r.fu^-o "l'..*.^: * wl.*'* md : ^ Jt'jt I Fischer operates the Kenwick, Glcn- 
whos president of the MPA, said sW p,- "p hn , y suburh . Faulkner 

that maybe the MPA could donate I recently joined his enterprises with 

even more than that. . the Brandt' circuit of New York. 

Rinzler, who's industry chairman Variety Post No. ' 713, American 

for the N. V; territory on the drive, Legion, last week elected new olti- 

said that he had gotten 19 different cers for the coming year. Formal in- 

indie exhibs to make personal dona- ' 'spallation ceremonies will be held 



tions to 6 total of $5,000. 




. Tliurt.. Nov. 4. 

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Sat: Nlohlt Only, 50t. la 12.50 Plut Tai 

. Sonjn Hrnle & Arthur M. W]r[7 prcsaul 
SECOND EDITION .. 

STARS ON ICE 

CENTER THEATRE, Racfctttllv Center. 
CO. 1-J474. . Evgi. 8:40. Sun. 8:15. No Man. 
Pert. Mali. Sat. 2:40. Sun. 3. Mail Orderi 
Filled. Sort. Mat. Armlitlee 0»y, Thuri.. 
Nov. II. 

M.MI'Ki: tiOI.DWVN'S 

THE NORTH STAR 

Hew Victoria 

B'WAY A 46lh— Daily. 
2:4V »:<5. Mali. (e>- 
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71t. 11.10. Evei. $1.10. 
•2.20. Eltra ihows. 
Sale.: . Suns.-, Hall. — 
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RKO Palace 

B'WAY A 47th 
Conlinueut pirform- 
incei. • Popular 
priced'* run.' Doort 
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On Screen 

lu Technicolor f 

'PHANTOM OF »aaaj»i a e|»TiiaaTaiiT|| 



THK OPBBA" 

I'nlrerial l'lctura 
Starrlno 

Nelson EDDY 
Sutanna FOSTER 
Claude RAINS 



Per*an 
Duka) Ellington 
and Hll Orchaitra ■ 
NBC Deep Rlvar ■ 
Bovt ■ 



Lena Home 



?iVi'° MUSIC HALL 

"LASSIE COME 
HOME" 

Spectacular Stage Productions 



Hew 'Brownout' 



Continued from page S 



"FOR WHOM 
THE BELL TOLLS" 

. Cfiiil lmion*4 I'rrforiniiiicrN from 10 n.m. 

RIVQLI 



Mitry Kruochot 
Martin - Tons': ■ 




Ulck ■ 



Vlctoir 



Powell - Moore 

"TRUE TO LIFE" 

In Verson 

Theliik/Spots TOOT,"-' 
PARAMOUNT Times Square 



The two-hour night lighting, though 
reduced, will more than make up 
for the loss of the .daytime illumiria,- 
lion, it's believed. 

. While, nabe operations in former 
dimout zones may benefit to some 
extent from the 'brownout,' it's a 
question what will occur in inland 
towns that are now placed under 
lightin restrictions for the first 
lime. 

The saving in power will vary ac- 
cording to light rates in cities or 
towns and the amount of power 
ordinarily consumed: For h theatre 
like the Paramount, N. Y., for in- 
stance, one that seats 3,664, the 
weekly saving in juice will rim 
around $350. 

Since the 'brownout' only went 
into effect Monday (1), it will be 
sometime before accurate compari- 
sons can be made to determine the 
effect it will have oh theatres. On 
Monday < 1) iiiatjnee business was 
ahead of that on a normal Monday, 
while at night takes were away up 
though believed this was largely due 
to election, day eye. 

In addition to (he changes on 
lighting, it has been indicated that 
with a view to conserving power, 
cooling systems may be restricted 
next summer. Additionally, the coal 
problem is one that may effect the 
. theatres, all of which have converted 



Nov. S. 

The officers-elect are: Isidore. Ep 
stein, gen. mgr. of Atlantic Theatres, 
commander: ,1. A. Kraker. district 
manager of Ross Federal,, vice-corn 
mander: Joseph Engel. branch man 
agcr of Republic Pictures, junior 
vice-commander: John Flynn. district 
manager, of Warner Bros. Theatres, 
chaplain. Other officers, are Max 
Leven, adjutant, and Leo Beresin 
sec.-treas. 

Salem E. Applegate, newly ap 
pointed Universal district manager, 
will bo feted by M: P. Associates at 
Hotel Warwick Nov. 8 



STORY BUYS 

Hollywood, Nov. . 
Producers Releasing Corp, bought 
'Natal,', tale of the African airport, 
by Harrison, Carter. ' . . 

Harold Shumate sold 'Black Hawk 
Jim,' western yarn, to Columbia. 



Mundsluk tipped by M-G 

Pittsburgh. Nov. . 2. 
Jack Mundstuk. former M-G sales 
man here: promoted from city sales 
man in Cleveland exchange to sales 
manager there under- Jack Sogg 
branch chief. Mundstuk ;was trans 
ferred from. local office to Cleveland 
couple of years ago. . 

In the Navy less than six weeks; 
Andrew Rizak. manager of .the Ri 
alto for nearly live years,- has been 
reported missing in action. He.was 
on a destroyer in the Mediterranean 
Bill Katie, owner of the Neino in 
Pitcairn, is arranging a benefit 
show, proceeds going to a fund for 
the maintenance of a community 
honor roll. Kane is also a Pitcairn 
councilman and high school, teacher. 

RKO's new exploitation man in the 
Pittsburgh and Washington territory 
is Gene Gaudette. who worked for 
company in midwest before going 
into army, from which he Was re, 
cent.ly given an honorable discharge. 
Gaudette. who first cariie here seven 
years ago as. p.a. for Don Bestor' 
band., replaces Al Sclig, resigned. 

Nettie Wise, head cashier at Cpl 
exchange, is quitting to wed, Mar 
Laird replacing her. Dorothy Mc 



. Ardle moves frorri Jjookkecping de 

from oil, should the shortage of the partment to assistant cashier: An 



heating material become acute. 



it- 



Seattle Lights Up 

Seattle,' 

right lights, for first time since 
October. .1942, were turned on in 
;Seattle last night < 1) following offi- 
cial order from Washington; D. 'C.-,. 
lifting all. dimout regulations for the 
present. Pre-war. brilliancy down- 
town cheered showmen, and the 
town seemed to perk up. : 



In the wake will be permissable 
night football and other events. 



Thiel takes over Miss McArdlc's old 
berth. 

Sid Dickler, bandleader and nitery 
p,.a., has joined WB staff as an assist 
apt manager. ; 

■ .Bill HQllenbaujjh, \'eteraji* shipper" 
at Republic, is the hew head, of th 
department. -'succeeding-' Fred Hat' 
called by Uncle Sain. 

.Rivoli. th°c.atr.e. ; South' Fork. Pa., ac 
quired 1 by K. A. Vaveris and Fred 
Barker.. ■ .' 

Harry Cadiigan replaces Jimmy 
Powers as manager of Garden the 
aire. . . • . 

James C. Shanklin lias purchased 
the entire capita] 'stock 'of the Lowis- 
burg, W. Va., theatre company from 



Mich. Variety's War Work 

Detroit, Not. 2. 
The Variety Club of Michigan has. 
underway its second season of pro- 
viding 50 service men with a special 
show each Saturday night at its 
clubrooms. | With 50 "hostesses from 
the theatres and exchanges, the club 
provides special acts from the 
niteries and theatres and refresh- 
ments. Arvid Kantor, of. National 
Screen Service, is chairman of the 
activity. 

The club also has completed its 
project of collecting through the 
houses here 10.000,000 cigarets for 
the men overseas. The collections 
were made in the houses with each 
package sent abroad , bearing Christ- 
mas greetings 'from the patrons of 

the .- — theatre' and the name ' 

of the purticulsr donor. 

More lipped Scales 

St. Louis, Nov. 2. 
C. H. Miller and the Van Nomikos 
Circuit now control the Time,, a 700r" 
seater. the Orpheum, 478, and the 
Web. 350, all-in Savannah. III. With, 
no opposish the price scale in these 
houses was upped to 25c and 40c. 

Ted Randall, now manager of the 
Lory, Highland, 111. Replaces Ber- 
nard Palmer, who is now booker for 
the five houses of the Columbia 
Amusement Co. 

Fox Midwest Circuit has pur- 
chased the Fox, Joplih, Mo., from 
George N. Spiva. Joplih banker. Cost 
$3721000 when it was built in 1930. 



Crow's House Razed by. Fire 

Leonard,' Texas, Nov. 2. 

The Aztec, owned and operated 
here- by L. B. Crow, went up In 
smoke last Sunday leaving only a 
vacant lot where the house stood. 

Crow" plans opening a new house, 
here in a new building which is. va- 
cant at the present and which can be 
converted into a theatre. He plans 
to pick up equipment to enable him 
to operate. 

Covington Sells to Long 

Teague. Texas, Nov. 2. 
The Star sold- by H. H. Covington 
to. J. G. Long, who will continue to 
operate house: Covington has ho 
future plans but plans on opening a 
new. hoMse. 



Kallski Vice Steam in Cleue. 

Bert M. Stearn, former Warners 
branch manager at Cleveland, has 
resigned. Joe Kaliski succeeds. 



Wren Switches to Adams 

Jay Wren, in charge of advertising 
and publicity for the Walter Reade 
circuit, has resigned to accept, similar 
post with Adams Bros. 

The Adamses operate theatres in 
Newark and Paterson, N. J., under a 
partnership with Paramount. 



Gaynor Back to Fla.ckery 

Leonard Gaynor, ■ who retired to 
farming on his place at Glen Gard- 
ner, N.. J., for nearly two years, has 
rejoined 20th-Fox. He will be assist- 
ant to Jack Goldstein. 



Graaman's Chinese Ablaze 
For Premiere of 'Diary' 

. <- Hollywood. Nov. 2. 

Lights go on. again with all their 
power for the first time since the 
dimout when. 20th-Fox stages its 
premiere of 'Guadalcanal Diary' at 
Grauman's Chinese Nov. 10. 

Tale of. the Marines will be the ; 
first, blazer of 1943 and the studio 
is making it a bright occasion, not 
only with batteries Of searchlights 
but with . hundreds of ineif in uni- 
form as preem guests. 



's' Philly-Preem 

Group of 20lh-Fox execs and news-, 
papcrmen are trekking to Philadel- 
phia from Nevy York, next Wednes- 
day (10). for the world preem of 
•Guadalcanal Diary,', at the Fox. to 
be preceded by a dinner at the 
Bellevue-Stratford hotel given, by 
Mayor Bernard Samuel. It's timed 
in conjunction with the 168th anni- 
versary of the U. S. Marine Corps, 

Spyros Sk6uras, Larry Kent, Toin 
Connors and Hal Home are among, 
those planning to attends ' 



Wednesday* November 3, 1943 



RADIO 



19 



CBS BUILDS AND SELLS 'EM 



Comml CBS-Built Shows 



Program 

N. Y. Philharmonic. . . 
'Man Behind the Gun' 
'Report to theNation'. 
•World News Today' .. 
'The World Today'!,.. 

'World News' ..... 
Joseph C. Harsch . . , 

Bill Henry : 

Ned Calmer ...... 

Ned Calmer'-' 
Maj. G. T. Eliot 



Sponsor Tim* 

. U. S. Rubber Co.- ...... Sun. 3-4:30 p;m.' 

.Elgin Nat. Watch Co. . . Sat, 7-7:30 p.m. 
.Elec..'Co. Adv.' Program. Tues. 9:30-10 p.m. 
. Cpnt. Radio & Tel. .... Sun.- 2:30-2:55 p.m. . 

. General Electric Mon.-Sat. 6:45-6:55 p.m. 



..Hudson Coal Co. . 
. .B. F. Goodrich Co. . . 
. . Johris-Manville Corp. 
. . Parker Pen Co. ; 

, . American Oil Co. 



.Sun, 9-9:15 a.m. 
.Moh.-Fri. 6:55-7 p.m. 
.Mon.-Fri. 8:55-9 p.m. 
:Sat.-Sun. 8,:55-9 p.m. 
Thurs. 6-6:15 p.m. 



Edward R. Murrow ... American Oil Co. ......Sun. 1:30-1:45 p.m. 

'Dateline' Philco . . ...... .... ...... Fi-i. 7:15-7:30 p.m. 

'Let's Pretend' .... . Cream of Wheat .. .Sal. 11:05-11:30 p.m. 

Blue Jacket- Choir . . . .Minneapolis Honeywell.. Sun. 11:05-11:30 a.m. 

News-Warren Sweeney. Curtiss C an< iy C°. .... .Sat.-Sun. 11-11:05 a.n 

'Mother and Dad' .... . Allegheny Ludlum Steel. Sat. 5:30-6 p.m. 



'Suspense' 



.Roma Wine Co. 



. .Thurs. 8-8:30. p.m. 




on 



New 

Performers Same Pay as Live Shows 



Under the new code of the Amer-t 
lean Federation of Radio Artists, ef- 
fective Monday (1) but subject to 
War Labor Board approval, per- 
former pay scales for transcriptions 
are the same as for live programs. 
That and the reclassification of 
sound effects men constitute substan- 
tial concessions to the union. . 

The new contract is effective, only 
one year, expiring Oct. 31, 1944, at 
the same time as the AFRA live 
codes for both commercial and sus- 
taining programs. Thus, future 
agreements for all live and recorded 
shows, both commercial and sus- 
taining, will be negotiated at the 
same time, giving the union the op- 
portunity to make conditions if the 
different pacts conform. Already, it 
appears. AFRA intends demanding 
Identical fees for sustaining and 
commercial shows. However, that 
would depend, on general conditions 
at lhat time, particularly in refer- 
ence 0) the war. 

. A notable change in the new disc 
code is the classification of 'custom 
built' and 'open end' transcriptions. 
The so-called Class B transcriptions 
(Continued oh page. 46) 



P&G Options Thompson, 
Pending Draft Status, 
For Own Comedy Show 

Bill Thompson, character-come- 
dian formerly on the 'Fibber McGec 
and Molly' program, has been placed 
under option by Procter & Gamble 
as prospective star of his own series.; 
However, the account is postponing 
actual production of the new show 
pending clarification of Thompson's 
draft status. 

Currently in Chicago, where he is 
doing freelance acting assignments, 
Thompson is classified 1-A, but may 
be put back into 3-D because he is 
the sole support of his parents. 



'VICTORY PARADE' OFF 
PALL MALL PROGRAM 

Pall Mall (American Cigar & 
Cigaret Co.) is eliminating the 'vic- 
tory parade' feature from its Gracie 
Fields series on Mutual. 

The inclusion of the 'parade' got a 
generally unfavorable press, with 
critics pointing out that the program 
sought to emphasize the very thing 
that the Office of War .Information 
was trying to dispel, namely, the im- 
pression that victory was just around 
the corner. 



ALLEN COMING BACK 
DEC. 12 FOR TEXACO 

Fred Allen last Friday (30) ad- 
vised the ^Buchanan agency, which 
handles the Texaco account, that he 
was prepared to return to his Sun- 
day evening , spot on CBS Dec. 12. 
Also that he would have to do his 
first few broadcasts from Hollywood, 
where he is scheduled to make a pic- 
ture, "r 

The probabilities are that Tom 
Jones, assistant to Al Goodman, will 
go out to handle the orchestra and 
that James Wellington will join Al- 
len at the start for the announcing- 
fencing chores. 





Leaves F-C-B 



Stauffer to Coast 

■ 'Don Stauffer,' Ruthrauff & Ryan 
v.p. in charge of radio* left for the 
Coast Monday afternoon ( 1 ) . Stauf- 
fer had just returned to the agency 
post after spending eight months as 
head of the Office of War Informix 
tion's radio division. 

R St R denied the report current 
iri agertcy circles last week that 
Stauffer was sla'ted to succeed Ever- 
ett Grady as executive v.p. of ft & R. 






1 / j NBC's New Renewal Clause Not 
Mandatory for Sponsors, Agencies 



With the sale of 'Suspense' to 
Roma Wine last week, the Columbia 
network has expanded to 17 Its list 
of CBS-built programs currently, 
sponsored on thai network. The 
figure will go to 18, If and when the 
pending deal for the 'Corliss Archer' 
series Is closed through the McCann- 
Erlckson .agency. The list does not 
Include Frank Sinatra, who also was 
given a buildup by CBS and wound 
up commercially with show con- 
trolled outright by a Columbia 
client, Lucky Strike. 

The amount of time consumed by' 
the 17 CBSrbuilt sponsored shows 
adds up to seven hours and 55 min- 
utes, or 'close of 32 quarter-hour 
periods. It is a record that lias riot 
even been remotely approached by 
any other network, even though 11 
of the 17 programs are cither 
straight newscasts, news commen- 
taries or news documentaries. The 
record reflects a business doctrine 
that William S. Paley, CBS pre*,- has 
been pursuing assiduously for the 
past two years, namely, that of not 
only having a CBS-built show to of- 
fer a sponsor along with" time accom- 
modations,' but of protecting the net- 
work against any disposition on the 
part of a client to move a show de- 
veloped into popularity on Colum- 
bia to Some other network'. 



Hollywood, Nov. 2. 
' Illness has forced Vick Knight to 
relinquish his post as v.p. in charge 
Of radio for Foote, Cone & Belding 
agency. On sick leave for the past 
few weeks, he asked his release from 
Emerson Foote when it was appar- 
ent his convalescence would keep 
him' off the job for some time, knight 
joined F-C-B six months ago on a 
move from the office next door of 
the Biow agency, where he served 
in a similar capacity, 

Foote said he had no one in mind 
for the job at this time. Bill Law- 
rence continues as free-lance pro- 
ducer of the * Jack Carson show, 
which was renewed, last week for a 
third cycle. 

Lawrence Vice Knight 

Vick Knight has. resigned as direc- 
tor of the Jack Carson program for 
Campbell's soup. He turned in the 
notice last week to Don Belding, 
Coast partner of Foote, Cone fit. Beld- 
ing, the agency on the account. 

Bill Lawrence, who has been sub- 
bing as director during Knight's ill- 
ness, will continue the assignment 
indefinitely, doubling from his" 
'Screen Guild Theatre' . directorial 
stint for Lady Esther.. 



THOMPSON FIGURED TO 
LAND OWENS GLASS 

Joseph Close; radio executive for 
the Owens Illinois Glass Go.', is 
slated to announce tomorrow 
(Thursday) the agency that is to 
succeed D'Arcy on the business, J. 
Walter Thompson, which based its 
pitch on the idea of fixing, up the 
account's present show on CBS. is 
figured to land the account. Other 
agencies reported Monday (1 > as 
leading contenders oil the candidate 
list were Ruthrauff & Ryan and 
Kenyori,i Eckhardt. 

D'Arcy will continue piloting 
Owens' .afternoon scries on CBS un- 
til Dec. 5, or the end of the pro- 
srmv.'s curro-Wl 13-wp'e.k cyrle. 



Wrigley May Sponsor 
Shirer By Giving Him 
Half 'America's' Time 

P.K. Wrigley may assume the 
sponsorship of William Shirer by 
splitting the gum company's present 
half-hour (6:30-7) on CBS. Sunday 
nights into two parts and devoting 
the first half to 'America in the Air' 
and the second 15-minutes to the 
commentator. The orientation pro- 
gram now occupies the entire half- 
hour. : 

Columbia had previously figured 
that Welch grapejuice might be in- 
clined to substitute Shirer for ' its 
current 'Dear John! (Irene Rich) se- 
ries in the Sunday. 5:45-6 p.m. slot, 
but Welch last week dispelled this 
hope with the announcement that 
'John' stays as Is. 



G-jC-N Blue Agency 

Geyer, Cornell & Newell has been 
appointed advertising agency for the 
Blue Network by Edgar Kobak, 
chain's executive v.p. 

The appointment becomes effec- 
tive immediately. 



Kesten to Spiel 

Paul Kesten. CBS executive v.p.. 
will .be the guest speaker at tomor- 
row^ (Thursday* luncheon of the 
Rialtp Executives Club of New York 
in the Hotel Shelton. 

His subject will be 'Radio's Re- 
sponsibilities.' . 



P&G to Expand 
Toiletries Mfg. 

Procter St Gamble, which has con- 
centrated almost entirely, on soap 
products in the past, intends enter- 
ing the toilet goods field in a major 
way when business conditions per- 
mit. The firm has already set up- the 
nucleus of a department to handle 
the new lines. Harold Hall, former- 
ly with Bauer &, Black, heads the 
division, and Phil Richardson, form- 
erly with the J. Walter Thompson 
agency, has charge of the advertis- 
ing setup. 

Although it now manufactures 
Diene . shampoo and, Teel dentriflce 
and has made a few other toilet 
goods items in small quantities, the 
new P. & G. plan is to expand this 
division into major proportions, in 
competition with such firms as Cbl- 
gate-Palmolive-Peet, Menrien, etc. 
Entry iiMo the new field is expected 
to boost the P. & G. advertising 
budget, already, by far the largest of 
any sponsor in radio. 



CBS' INCOME JUMPS; 
90c DIWY ON STOCK 

~ The CBS board of directors de- 
clared Monday (1) a year-end cash 
dividend of 90c a share on Class A 
and B stock of $2.50 par value. Frank 
K. White, CBS v.p. and treasurer, re- 
leased at the same, time a consoli- 
dated income statement for the nine 
months ending Oct. 2. 1943, which 
showed an earning for that period of 
$1.89 per share, as compared to an 
earning of. $1.69 a share fqr the : first 
nine months of 1942. 

The broadcasting system and its 
subsidiary companies did a gross of 
$53,846,108 for the first nine months 
of 1943. Of this amount, $41,520,000 
came from time sales. The overall 
gross for the like period of '42 was 
$45,293,614; with $33,120,000 of it de- 
rived from time sales. The net in- 
come for the 1943. period was $3,- 
245.625. whereas for the like stretch 
of '42 it was $2,894,751. 



4 Nets' $108,650,000 Gross in 9 Mos. 
Cues Probable $145,000,000 for Year 

The accumulative gross in time sales of the four national networks for 
the first nine months of this year is but $6,500,000 short of what the. fbuV- 
some grossed for the entire year of 1942. . The accumulative tally for the 
nine months, ending • Sept. • 3d; 1943, which is 30% over the gross for. the 
parallel period of 1942, indicates that the networks will wind up 1943 
with a joint time sales turnover of about $145,000,000. The totai for-'42 
was $115,000,000 and for 1941, $106,400,000. 

The Blue network continues to lead the field jn the matter of increased 
business. The $2,335,000 it grossed this September represented a margin 
of 116% over the like month of 1942, while its accumulative edge was 
'n%.. Columbia for the month was ahead by 38%, and NBC 33%. Mutual 
was up' 63% for September and 32% on the year. 

NETWORK GROSS TIME SALES 



Blue .... 
Colombia 
Mutual .. 
NBC 

Total.. 



Blue . . 
Columbia 
Mutual . . 
NBC .... 



(.Estimated) 
FOR SEPTEMBER 

1941 1942 

$2.3.15,000 $1,085,000 

4.950,000 3,575,000 

1,155.000 710.000 

4,690.000 3.510.000 



... $13.1.10.000 
FOR FIRST NIN'K 

1943 
.. . $13,950,000 
. . . 41.520.000 
... 9.350.000 
..: 38:830.000 

sins'i'o.'v 



. $8,880,000 
MONTHS 

1942 . 
$10,680,000 
33.120,000 
7.090,000 
32,180,000'. 

. .s;:::.oYo,onfi- 



The NBC sales department dis- 
closed Monday (1) that there Is 
nothing mandatory about the new 
renewal clause that it has written 
into its time contracts. Clients and 
agencies, it was said, are free to 
either accept or reject the clause 
when they get around to renewing 
their present facilities commitments. 

Under the new. clause, NBC for 
the first lime reserves the right to 
cancel a client's contract on 52-: 
weeks notice. The client, it was ex- 
plained, receives in return, for the 
first time, the privilege of self-per- 
petuation for 52 weeks instead ot 
having to submit a renewal order 
30 da.ySvpriqr to . the expiration of 
the current 13-week cycle. The new 
clause makes such renewal- orders 
operative for 52 weeks ' automati- 
cally. ' ■ , . ' ' 



AFRA, CBS Settle Dispute 
Over Gt. Lakes Show; 
Standbys for Choristers 

Chicago, Nov. 2. 

Settlement was reached between 
CBS and the American Federation of 
Radio Artists in, regard to the broad- 
casts of the Bluejacket Choir from 
the Great; Lakes Naval Training Sta- 
tion. Negotiations are still underway 
with the Blue Network. 

Effective, with the ' Sunday (31) 
broadcast. CBS is employing 10 
standby choristers, at approximately 
$35 each on the Bluejacket programs 
sponsored by Minneapolis Honey - 
w^M. This figure was arrived at on 
the basis of a standby apiece for the 
first eight men in the Navy Choir 
and one for every 16 men thereafter. 

Arrangement is not to be looked 
upon as a precedent-setter, Hy Faine, 
local AFRA secretary, emphasized, 
and was agreed upon for this situa- 
tion only because of the strong ap- 
peal made by Great Lakes naval of- 
ficials to keep the group on the air 
as a morale-builder. AFRA is against 
the. use of standbys in principle, ac- 
cording to Faine. 



OFFER JOAN DAVIS 
IN $12,000 PACKAGE 

Joan Davis, co-star with Jack- 
Haley, of the current Sealtest show 
(NBC), is being offered around the 
ad agencies as part of a packaged 
program for n weekly consideration 
of $12,000. Several agencies are re- 
ported to have evinced an interest 
in the proposition. The comedienne 
is said, to want $5,000 out of the 12G 
for herself, or twice her reported 
current salary. 

Miss Davis' contract with Sealtest 
expires at the end of this year; Come- 
dienne, now a William Morris office 
client, switches over to Music Corp. 
of America the first of the year, ' 
according to reports. Sealtest's 
agency, McKee tc Albrought. is said 
to have no interest in retaining her 
on the 12G package 'basis. 



P.C. 

-.-116 
+ 38 
+63 
+ 33 

+ 48 

P.C. 

+ 78 
+25 
-4 32 
'-• 21 

•• 3.0 



Monty Woolley Likely 
Old Gold Replacement 

Monty Woolley aul - the J. Walter 
Thompson agency have tentatively 
got together oh a deal for the actor 
to take over in January the top bill- 
ing of the Old Gold half-hour on 
CBS Wednesday nights. The show 
would originate from New York." ■ 

Sammy Kaye, who heads up the 
stanza at present, . is' duo to settle 
down in Hollywood this month for 
the making of a picture for United 
Artists. 



MBS Up 86' ; for Oct 

MutualVgrosS time sales in Octo- 
ber skyrocketed to $1,407.787.. or 
85.8% over the $773,221 gathered by 
the network iri October, '42. For 
the first 10 months of the year the 
margin amounts to 36.8%.- 
. From January to October of this 
year the gross totaled $10,758,264, 
whereas for (he like period of '42 It 
Vi>- ST HK.'i !?.« 



so 



RADIO 



Wednesday, November 3, 19 IS 



licensing Webs Under Amended 
F.C.C. Act Due to Crop Up Again 



Washington. Nov. 2. •♦ 
The old question of licensing neU 
-\vorks- ' under, an amended Federal 
Communications Act is expected to 
bob tip again tomorrow. <3\ when 
the Senate Interstate Gomnoerce 
' Committee opens ..hearings "on.;. the 
White-Wheeler, bill. The proposition 
hus .a habit of coining to the fore- 
front, whenever ' legislators - get to- 
gether lo talk about radio officially. 

The most recent example of why 
tome people here think networks 
should be ■ licensed occurred liist 
week when the FCC questioned the. 
contracts between CBS and its new 
affiliates as '■ possibly violating the 
web regulations. As the FCC hinted 
iri its letter to CBS, the individual. 
.- stations could lose their licenses, but 
nothing could be done to the chain 
if the contracts are violations. 

Although FCC Chairman James L. 
Fly will be the first witness tomor- 
row, it is thought unlikely he will be 
quizzed oh the subject. He, like most, 
others concerned, has expressed op- 
position to network licensing- in the 
past. * 
. One outstanding figure favoring 
licensing is William S. Paley, CBS 
president, who; twice has' gone on 
record in its favor. He plugged for 
it before the same Seriate committee 
in 1941 and before a House Com- 
mittee last year, taking the stand 
that, under the present communica- 
tions act, webs should be licensed. 

If we are to be ; regulated,' Paley 
said last year, 'and* .(.'these things 
are to happen, please, Mr. Congress, 
will you specify what should happen, 
but let these things happen directly. 
Let us be licensed so we can deal 
with these situations instead o( hav- 
ing them d^alt with on an oblique 
basis.' At this same session NAB 
prexy Neville Miller and Frank E. 
Mullen, NBC v.p., veered off from 
any licensing proposal for chains. 

Hearings before Wheeler's com- 
mittee are expected to drag through 
most of the winter, featuring a pa- 
rade of witnesses, many of whom 
will have their own ' ideas about 
amending, the communications act. 
NAB has a flock of such proposals, 
many slated to be talked over when 
the directors meet here Nov. 17-18.- . 



Wake 'Em Up 

.Bulova Watch Co. has' beefed 
to CBS that its announcers are 
delivering the Bulova tinie (si 
nals in an' uninspired manner. 

However,- there's no suggestion 
as to how anybody can make '.it's 
how 8:30' sound exciting. 





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From the Production Centres 



New Rate Card 



' Mutual has put off the issuance of 
its new rate card until the network's 
sales manager, Ed Wood, has re- 
turned from Florida.. where he is re- 
cuperating from an illness.- Accord- 
ing, to a letter issued to the trade 
Oct. 23, the new. rates were to go 
into effect Monday (1). 

Understanding amorig agencies' is 
that the new card will show not only 
reductions in discounts but increases 
in the gross. 



RJUBIINOFF AND HIS VIOLIN 

"Itiilvinurr could have staypii on 
(he -singe ViHlctiiillvly, for he plays 
(o the jllierbugs as well "« (he 
lovers <i( classiciil music. What he 
cun t do on the violin Jsii/C worth 
iluliiK."— Kred Russell. Uildgepon 

['iiki. Oct. :w: i!m:i. 

'Jtuhiuoff now on pers-on.il appear- 
ance lour. 

November 6, 6. 7— R.K.O.' Temple 
Theatre,: Rochester, .N. Y. 



CBS NAMES COULTER 
V.P.; HEADS PROGRAMS 

.Douglas Coulter, CBS director of 
broadcasts, was appointed by the 
network board of directors Monday 
(1) v.p. in charge of programs. His 
position is now tantamount to that of 
William B. Lewis When the latter 
headed tip program operations for 
the network. 

Coulter came to CBS in 1936 as: 
assistant director of broadcasts, from 
the N. W. Ayer agency Where he 
was top man in the radio depart- 
ment. Before Coulter got into, radio 
he was a geologist and a teacher. 



Fly Doesn't Love 

ore 




Viimns-Smatra 
Deal Indefinite 



The B. B. .D. it O. agency reported 
Monday (1) that the deal for the 
Frank Sinatra package show in be- 
half of Vimms" vitamins (Lever 
Bros.) was far'from settled arid that 
it may be a week before several de- 
tails are ironed out. One of the most 
important of these is just where the 
program is to be spotted. CBS has 
a couple Sunday night periods open, 
7-7:30 and 8-8.30, but Lever for some 
curious reason has shied away from 
Sunday schedules. 

Price being asked for the Sinatra 
package is $12,000. 



Scbenley Moving Cugat 
To P.M. Spot on MBS 

Inability o( the Blue to provide 
an evening spot- has. caused the 
Schenley Distillers Corp., N-...Y., to 
shift Its Xavier Cugat. show fdr 
Dubonnet frorri that network, where 
it is currently heard Saturdays (11 
11:30 a.m.), to Mutual, where it will 
go on Wednesdays (8:30-9 p.m.), ef- 
fective Dec. 1. The show teed off on 
| the Blue Sept. 4; 

I The night time cost will be nearly 
twice the $2,900 Schenley is now 
paying for the Saturday half-hour 
Including talent expenditures, the 
show now c.osls approximately 
$4,500. William H. Weintraub is the 
agency. 



ELGIN'S THANKSGIVING 
TALENT TO COST 30G 

Elgin" will spend around $30,000. in 
talent for its two-hour show on CBS 
Thanksgiving' afternoon (4-6). The 
cast to date consists of Robert 
Young, m.c: Jack Benny, Dinah 
Shore, Jack Douglas, Edgar Bergen, 
Alvino Hey, ' Lena . Home. Jose 
Ilurbi; Danny O'Neill, Burns arid 
Allen, Jimmy : Newell, the Pied 
Pipers and Don Wilson. 

The program ..will probably be 
short waved to men in the armed 
services through arrangement made 
with the War Department. 



Quaker Oats Okays 

New Show on CBS 

Chicago. Nov. 

The 16-minule program laid out by 
the Sherman K." Ellis agency to re 
place the Aunt Jemima Sunday flve : 
minute spot over CBS has been ac 
cepted by Quaker Oats. 

The new show, a musical, will start 
here Nov 6, '12:30-12:45; CWT. Palmer 
Clark will produce with a -cast 
headed by .. Vera Lane, William 
Miller, chorus arid orchestra! Previ 
ous flve-minute program was carried 
between Sunday matinee world hews 
and the New York Philharmonic 
Symphony on CBS, 



Blue, Mutual Compete 
For 'Good Will Hour' 



The Blue and Mutual . networks 
are competing for Clark Candy's 
sponsorship of 'The. Good Will Hour 
which Ironize'd Yeast dropped early 
in October. 

The account would like something 
more than a half-hour and Mutual 
has offered the Sunday stretch be 
tween 10:15 and: 11 p.m., whereas 
the Blue's proffered: spot is Sunday 
10:30-11 p.m. When backed by 
Ironized. 'Good Will' spanned the 
Sunday 10 to 11 p:rn. segment on the 
Blue. 



• Washington, Nov. 2.' 
H begins to look as though FCC 
Chairman James L. Fly didn't mean 
all that romancing with.' the press 
when the hot breath of Rep. Eugene 
Cox was on his neck a few weeks 
back. Weekly press Conferences 
which were, being held went by the 
boards yesterday (1) when Fly an- 
nounced he was calling them off be 
cause they were. 'so dull and a waste 
of his time and the time of those at- 
tending.' 

He made the generous promise, 
however, that if the boys and girls 
would liven things, up a little by 
asking 'intelligent'; questions he 
would reconsider the decision. After 
denying authorship, the chairman 
ead a memo suggesting that he was 
expected to carry the ball once, in a 
while and give a little info with 
irect quotes. It went oh to say that 
some of the reporters covering FCC 
are lacking in background and. that 
those with proper, backgrounds re- 
fused to ask their best questions at 
the conferences, preferring, to hold 
them back to get exclusive answers 
With a delicate shudder of disgust; 
Fly remarked that some Government 
agencies might be so publicity-mad 
that officials gave information at 
press conferences without questions 
being asked. This was not FCC pro- 
cedure, he explained. 

Jlepprters retained their polite- 
ness." however, atnd refrained from, 
reminding . Fly that President 
Roosevelt: often offers information at 
his press conference and. that FCC, 
itself* was not backward about un- 
loading gratuitous statements on the 
press when it didn't like the treat- 
ment it was getting from the Cox 
committee. ' 



PRESNELL TO C0MPT0N 



Becomes Production Supervisor of 
.... Non-Serial Programs 



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IN NEW YORK CITY ... 

Alan bucovney succeeded George LOwlher as director of 'Superman'. 
Hbward Merrill, son of Fanny . Merrill, production assistant to GeiiiiiVle 
Berg'- on. 'The Goldbergs,' is now scripting 'Archie Andrews'; :.-'; Wel- 
come Lewis and Art Gentry celebrated the' first anniversary of 'their'' 

■Singo Players' program Friday (29) On WJZ Leonard Elliott and lima 

Jurist joined NBC's .'■ everything Goes' series Saturday i30l... Eddie 
Dunham. NBC staff director, named expert' consultant to the radii; branch ; 
of the War Departinent. He also leaches radio at -Westminster Chbir Col- 
lege. Princeton Bertha kitrlzlnan has been placed in charge- ol Bin 

studio and production assignments: .'■ 

Laurence Hammond, , radio public relations head of Bendi* ■-. Aircraft, 
bedde'd : with an old toot injury aggravated by a minor, mishap last week 
Henry Hayward succeeds Charles Mar.tin • as director of the Piu'lip 
Morris 'Playhouse.' Milton Geiger adapted the initial script, . . .Lester Vail 
has resigned as director of 'Stage boor Canteen' to concentrate oh his ' 
three other shows, '.Just Plain Bill,'. 'Service Unlimited' and an ET series 
for time. Roger. White, producer of 'Canteen,' also, lakes over the, di-~ 
rectio.n assignment. . . .Milo Boulton playing a destroyer skipper this wee it 
n a Navy recruiting film being made at Norfolk. "' He's due back in lime 
lor his- regular >ri,c. assignment Sunday night (7) on. 'We, the People' . .. .>- 
Col. Hans Christian Adamson. Murray Dyer and Frank Ernest Hill script' 
Columbia's 'School of the Air.' with Bob Shayon, Oliver Daniels, Alan 
Ward and Nila Mack sharing the director stint. Leon Levine, CBS as- 
sistant educational- director, supervises the series Henry M. Neely, of 

the '.'Stella Dallas' and 'This Life Is Mine' easts, has authored a book, 
'The Star Finder,' to be published shortly ... ;Mrs. Arthur Hanna, wife of 
the 'Amanda' rid 'David Harum'- director, hospitalized with strep in- 
fection .. ..Casting: Walter Burke ('Amanda'); Walter Crcaza < 'Front Page. 
Farrell'): Bill Adams. Ethel Inlropbdi, Jane Harven," John: Thomns, Billy 
Liptbn ('Mr. Keen'); Vivian Holt CLora Lawton'); Sydney Smith/ Timmie 
Tyler ('Our Gal Sunday'); fliza Royce l'Stella v Dallas'). 

Elaine Carrihgiori. ; ; who scripts 'Pepper Young's Family* and 'When a 
Girl Marries,' will speak. at. the Pen and Brush club Nov. 9 oh writing for . 
radio. ... .'Texas' Jim Robertson, Blue cowboy vocalist, will sing, in the 
Hartford, Conn., ; Auditorium Saturday (6) . . . .Ed Aronbff, currently w ith 
the Dave Alber -publicity office, joins Air Features as Irving 'Hoffmann 
assistant Monday (8). He is replacing Les' Zimmerman, who now heads 
the William Morris press department. 

Rod Erickson. formerly with the John Loveton agency, has joined NBC 
as a program director. ; He is currently handling the web's early morriing 
sustainer, 'Everything Goes.' 

-Wallace Magill, N. Y. Ayer producer of ' the 'Telephone Hour' i NBC) 
and Don Vorhees leave for the Coast today (Wednesday) for the Monday 
(8) broadcast originating in Hollywood. ;..Priscilla Lombard has been 
named special announcements editor of the Blue News and Special Fea- 
tures department. She replaces Margaret Early,, who joined CBS. . . 

Louis Armstrong guests Sunday night (7) on 'Chamber Music Society 
of Lower Basin Street.' on WJZ-Blue for Woodbury ; . . .Bill Ramsey, Proc- 
ter St. Gamble radio director, on a bi2 trip to New York, went to New 
kaven over the weekend, to see alma niater Yale play Dartmouth. He 
next comes east again late this, month. . . .Charles Schenck now wriling- 
producing 'The Btack Hood.'. juve thriller on WOR-Mutual, and is guestr 
directing the Treasury'? 'Bond Wagon' show pruthe same network Satur- 
day night (6). . . .Pvt. Ira Ashley, recently shifted from Keesler Field, 
Jfliss., to Lynbrobk. L. I., to work on the radio end of the.WAC recruitirig 
drive for the Army Air Forces, again transferred, this time to the Office 
of Strategic Service, in Washington. . . i Walter Gorrinan, Young & Rubicam 
staff director,, left Monday (1) for duty with the : Transport . Service. .... 
While Anrie Nichols is away on an extended vacation for her health,' 
Adelaide Matthews arid Bud Stlnson are scripting 'Abie's. Irish Rose,'- on 
WEAF-NBC.for Procter & Gamble (Drene). Alford Van.Ronkle continues, 
as director. 

Elea'nore 'Pat' Hurley. WOR photo editor, is resigning to become pu 
licity. director of WQXR Nov. IS. .. .Bob White, film 'and radio: .writer-., 
direclor^aclor, has joined the Blue's eastern production "staff ... .Hop* 
Emerson has been added to the Gertrude Lawrence 'Revlon Revu '. . .. 
Rye. Trier; radio actress, will double in lcgit;as understudy in the forth- 
coming 'Lady Behave'.... Biuce Kamman, assistant production manager 
for NBC, is writing a 'Radio Cook Book' to be privately printed. 



. Robert PreSnell,. formerly . with 
Young & Rubicam and B.B.D.&O 
has joined the Compton agency as 
production supervisor, of non-sefrial 
programs. 

Evelyn Pierce, formerly a produc- 
tion assistant for several legit man- 
agements, has joined Coniplon as a 
program supervisor ' the daytime 
field./ 



Daly Quits CIAA 

Arthur J. Daly''; who left the'Wein-; 
traub agency to go to Argentina as 
radio field representative for the Co- 
ordinator of Inler-American Affairs, 
is back in New York.'- He resigned 
the South Ariierican post after 'workr 
ing there for six/months. 

Daly at one time was a writer- 
director in N. W. Ayer's radio de- 
partment. 



Okays International Probe 

Washington, Oct. 26. 

Calling the recerit Senate resolu- 
tion for an investigation of interna- 
tional* communications a 'step in the 
right direction,' FCC Chairman 
James L. Fly, at, a press conference 
Monday (25) remarked that one 
purpose of the' probe is to survey 
the possibility of merging the na- 
tion's international radio cable 
services. Fly pointed out he had 
been plugging this' project for the 
past few years. 
"... Questioned as to a reply 10 charges 
recently aired before a. House Com- 
mittee investigating the bureau, Fly 
said he 'understood' that as soon 
as the new committee chairman. 
Rep. Clarence Lea, has formed s 
complete picture of the charges, 
FCC will be invited to give its side 
of the story. The response probably 
will be in the form of a. written 
statement with supplementary ver 
bal testimony for the 'record,, if de- 
sired. Fly said. 

Although hearings on the White 
Wheeler bill are scheduled to start 
Nov. 3 before the Senate Interstate 
Commerce Committee, the FCC 
chairriian said* he had received no 
formal notice as yet of the opening, 
Sen. Burton K. ; Wheeler, cb-aulhor of 
the bill, is chairmah of the commit- 
tee. ■ ■•; ' -. ■;' ■'-.. 
;. Completion of the new FCC study 
on one year's frequency allocations 
will take at least a/year, Fly esti- 
mated, and explained it would, have 
to be a rush job to be finished in that 
length of time. 



IN HOLLYWOOD 

Tony Stanford goes back to producing the Edgar Bergen show aiid Earl 
fibi switches over tb.RCA's "What's. New?' That gives Stanford something 
to do, while not working on Bank of America opus, the two Elgin two- - 
hour shows and the Standard Brands special hour piece. .. .First to be . 
farmed out by NBC due to heavy schedule on Tuesday, Thursday and 
Sunday is 'Filch Bandwagon' Nov. 7. Remote will come. from one of the 
KFWB studios. Any show on those nights moving here from New York 
will get the same treatment. .. .All radio clerical forces now on 44-hour 
week, on a jump from 38 hours at some studios. ... . John Ogilvie, acting 
radio head of Office of Coordinator of Inter-American Affairs, here lo gel 
the Coast picture from Jack Runyon, ClAA's headman in Hollywood....' 
Lum.and Abner move from Pine Ridge to Kraft Music Hall Nov. 11:... 
Bing Crosby will do 'Dixie' for, Lux Dec. 13. . . .Foote, Corft ft Belding 
declined to rewrite the contract at her dictation, so Nan Wynn ankled 
Lockheed-Vega's 'America— Ceiling Unlimited' show on CBS. She had 
hardly left the building when Anita Ellis, discovery of Felix Mills, was 
moved, into the spot. ,. .Louis Lochner's comments are now heard -on Ed 
Craney's stations in Montana, which no like . expertlng. .. Don "Ameche 
only one set so far for Standard Brand's special . holiday show over CBS 
Dec. 21. .. .Rosemary De Camp,, who created role of Judy Price on 'Dr. 
Christian,' is back doing: .it again. .. .'Sherlock Holmes' renewed by Petri 
wines, now a Young . & Rubicam client. . . .Emerson Foote returned to ' 
New York after, disposing of the Vick Knight arid other agency mailers 



IN CHICAGO . v. 

Harry Maiis, v.p. cf Russel M. Seeds agency; for the past eight years, 
joiried the Coast Guard and will be in training at Manhattan Beach, Ni Y. 
. .. .Quiz Kid head west Nov. 16 for ,a bond-selling tour arid screentesls' ' 
on the Coast. . . .Ex-actor Louis (Studs) Terkel, out of the army on a 
medical discharge, now-writing the 'American Women' show for Wrigley. 
... . William Wyse, station manager , of KWBW, Hutchinson, Kan., in Chi- 
cagb on business last week;.. .Paul McClucr, sales manager for the NBC 
central division, and Waller Wade; of the Wade agency, are pheasant 
hunting in So. Dakota. .. Dr. Melchior Palyi, former- visiting professor 
at the University of Wis., will do a siistainer on economics on WIND 
Sunday nights. 8:45-9. . . .Curt Massey will broadcast his 'Starring Curt 
Massey- over. NBC. and CBS from Hollywood Nov. 1-14. Reason for 1h* 
move is: that the Dinning sisters will be there then for the filming of. 
•National Bani Dancel. . .. .Pal Flannigart;, WBBM sportscaster, back on the 
job after: a leave due lo ill health. . . . James G. HanlOn, staff member ..of '■' 
Movje-Radio Guide, for the past 10 years, has joiped WGN as assif iant to 
Dale O'Brien publicity director.-. ;.. Leslie Atlas, of WBBM, has- qrdewl 
100 records of the Ben Bernie memorial services broadcast Tuesday < 26) 
to be distributed to the 'Ole Maestrb's' friends. .. .Joseph A. McDonald 
became assistant geiicr.ai counsel of NBC Nov. 1. McDonald had been 
courisel for the NBC central divisipri for the past six years. , Successor to 
McDonald has not been named. . . .More' than 500 radio and advertising 
executives have made reservations lo see the 'Air Force and the Retailer' 
film to be shown at the Drake, note) Nov. under die auspices of .the NAB 
and stations tyBBM, WGN and WMAQ. . . .Ex-WGN continuity writer Jui'k 
Payne writing and producing : at W'AIT. 



Wednesday, November 3, 1943 



RADIO 



21 





JUMPS 




LESS GOING OUT 

Tht first Cooperative Analysis of 
BioadraslinB report for the 194:1-44 
season, as issued to clients Monday 
(II. shows a • higher average for 
nighttime programs than prevailed 
for the like period of 1942. 

This may be. due to one of two 
.thintis.: or -both. .There are., morc-j 
•iiiuhtlime commercial programs on , 
the networks this season than last | 
and the numerical edge may have ! 
tended (0 raise the 'average ■'rating'. I 
Another possible factor' is the dis- 
couraging effect on going-out caused 
by limited ami overcrowded . trans- 
portation facilities. People have 
more money to .spend, but it is cel- 
ling progressively tougher, to gel to 
the spending places. 

Illustrative of the higher-ratinsi 
Hiigle 'is .the. latest median (average) 
figure for the half-hour evening pro- 
grams: This median for October. 
1943. as reported by the CAB. is 11.9 
by the day-part recall method and 
9:9 by the coincidental; method. For 
the parallel month of '421 the. day- 
part median was 10.5 and the coin- 
cidental median. 9.5. 

The 10 programs with the highest 
rating for this October were; 

'Fibber McGec and Molly' 

Bob Hope 

'Lux Radio Thealre* 

Edgar Bergen 

'Kraft Music Hall' 

Red Skelton ' 

Joan Davis-Jack Haley 

Frank Morgan-Fannie Brice 

'Aldricli Family' 

'Kay Kyser 

•Hit Parade. 

The 'Fibber McGec' show struck a 
rating this October of 37 6, as com- 
pared to 35.0 for the like month of 
'42. Eddie Cantor's open rating of 
24.3- was seven points better than he 
achieved for his initial lap of 1942. 
Bob Burns doubled his last October 
rating. This time Burns scored 18.fi. 
whereas the year before he opened 
with a 9.0. The Amos 'n' Aridy half- 
hour format : got a relatively crack 
fating of ,17.3 at the .start, while the 
revived 'Big Town' series (Ironized 
Yeast) drew, a promising 12.1. Kale 
Smith was registered at 19.7. as com- 
pared to 20,1 for October. '42. 

Bob Hope was actually ahead of 
. 'Fibber McG.ee and Molly' by 1.5'r 
on the basis of the coincidental 
count. Hope, however! ran .3 r '< be- 
hind 'McGee' on the day-parl recall 
check, and it is the custom of the 
CAB to list .the' 'popularity - leaders 
by their recall standing. 

'Tied Ipr lOlli-plnce. 



Pringlo Heads L. A. 

Office of F-C-B Agcy. 

William J. Pringle. a v.p. and di- 
rector of the agency since it started, 
has been named manager of Fbote, 
Cone .& Belding's Los Angeles office. 

Don Belding. the agency's board | 
chairman, has also. been part of the 
L.A. setu . 



Goodyear's Hillbillies 

The Goodyear Tire &" Rubber Co.. ! 
Akron, has 'bought the NBC Satur- ! 
day 11-1 1 ::J0 a.m. period for a com- 
bination hillbilly and general pop 
music stanza' on behalf of its shoe 
products (soles and heels). The pro- 
gram tecs oft' Nov. 13. and is as yet 
untitled.-. 

N". W. Aver is the agency. 



JOY HEADS RADIO FOR 
WAR DEPT. ON COAST 

. . Hollywood, Nov. 2. 

Post of Hollywood head of War 
Department's radio division goes to 
Jack Joy. who recently withdrew as 
music director of 'The Army Hour.' 
He succeeds Robert Coleson. who 
resigned to head Coast radio depart- 
ment for N. Y. Ayer. 

Appointment was made at the sug- 
gestion of Maj. Jack Harris, here 
from Washington to sit in until Joy 
is recovered from an illness. Joy will 
continue his activity as member of 
War Department's Music Committee. 



Cleveland — Joseph Mulvihill; for- 
merly of WCAE. now an.announcer 
with WCAR. 



FCC Commissioner Scores NAB Code 




The networks' closed door policy 
toward labor was held a violation Of 
the principal of freedom of speech 
by C. J. Durr. Federal Communica- 
tions Commissioner, in an address 
Friday (2? i before the* Third Free 
World Congress, al the McAlpin 
Hotel. N..-Y.- Durr also raised the 
possibility of a single standard for 
domestic and international broad- 
casting after the' 'war. in .contrast to 
the industry's neglect of this aspect 
of radio prior to World War II. 

. The National Assn. of Broadcast- 
ers' :Code of Ethics' came in for a 



share of criticism. Durr pointed out 
that during the public hearings 
the sale of the Blue, oneof the web 
executives testified that there was 
no. substantial conflict between its 
program policies and the policies 
laid down by the code, which pro- 
hibits the sale of time for the dis- 
cussion of controversial issues, leav- 
ing it to the network and station 
management to determine what con- 
stitutes controversial, issues. 

'Labor unions, according to. the 
witness, are controversial per se, 
(Continued on page 46 1 



CLU HUDDLES INN. YON 
CONTROVERSIAL ISSUES 

Views pro and con the sale of con- 
troversial time were thoroughly 
aired Thursday (28) at a closed 
meeting called by the Radio Com- 
mittee of the American Civil Liber- 
ties Union; No action was taken at 
this confab, held in ' the ' offices of 
Morris Ernst, attorney and member 
of the Union, and attended by 19 
.representatives - of -the networks, in- 
dependent stations and the CLU. It 
•was agreed, however, to try to crys- 
tali/.e a pattern of action at a Ra- 
dio Committee meeting set for to- 
morrow iThursdav) at Town Hall. 

N. y. 

The 19 conferees spoke as individ- , 
Vials, not as employees or represents- i 
fives of stations and webs. It is re- 
ported that the nature of conlr.o; 
vcrsial issues: the CBS policy in re- 
gard to commentators and. the opin- 
ions of James L. Fly. chairman of 
the Federal Communications Com- 
mission on; editorializing in the news 
IK'ured prominently in the discus- 
sions. 

Those nl the meeting included 
Phillips Carlin and G: W. Johnston, 
of the Blue; Robert Landry and Sid- 
ney Kaye. of CBS; Quincy Howe, 
representing the commentators: Jules 
Soebach. . WOR: EMioll Saucer. 
WQXR; Morris Novik: WNYC: Roaer 
Baldwin. ' Arthur Garfield H 
, N'orman Thomas and Ernst of the 
CLU. Thomas. Carskadoh. of the 
CLU Radio Committee, presided 




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their salesabilitv. 



WJZ 



NEW YORK 

50.000 770 
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Represented by Blue Spot Sales 



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PfoRIETY 



Wednesday, November 3, 1913 



Seldes, McClintock, Fisher Paint 
Radio Picture for Cleve. Council 



Cleveland, -Nov. 2. 

What started -out to be a Gilbert 
Seldes address to the annual meet- 
ing, .of the Greater Cleveland Radio 
Council resulted in an all-star gab- 
fest when Miller McClintock, presi- 
dent of Mutual, and Sterling Fisher, 
director of the Inter-American Uni- 
versity of the Air for NBC, unex- 
pectedly showed up. 

Seldes. head of television for CBS. 
tv as the scheduled talker.' He traced 
the history as part of the radio pat- 
tern. He upheld radio's policy of 
not selling lime for the discussion of 
controversial issues. 

After the talk, at an informal press 
cocktail-conference arranged by 
' "WGAR, Seldes declared he was 
'pleased and honored to have such 
unexpected guests drop In.' 

Fisher revealed that approxi- 
mately two years ago only $800,000 
was spent for International broad- 



casting; today $23,000,000 worth of 
broadcasting is beamed out of the 
U.S.A. and radio 'lias proven itself 
the most potent instrument in the 
world for carrying on political war- 
fare.' He added OWI was broadcast- 
ing 2.500 programs to other nations. 

McClintock said such organizations 
as live Radio Council, which repre- 
sents 85.000 Cleveland women and 65 
organizations,' are an asset to the 
radio industry, which is public prop- 
erty. He added that there 'is a need 
for such groups all over the coun- 
try to be critical and intelligent and 
constructive in their thinking.' 

Mrs. Henry C. Christian, president 
of Council, presided al conference 
luncheon and meeting (28). 



Austin, Texan — Harfield Weedin 
has been named general manager of 
KTBC here, conies from WFAA, 
Dallas. 



N.Y. WMC Working Out 
Freelance Talent Situash 

. Washington, Nov. 2. 

Problem of exchange of freelance 
talent among various- radio .stations 
and nets is being worked out by the 
N. Y. office of.- the War Manpower 
Commission. 

Clarification under the various job 
freeze orders was asked by NAB, 
which contends there should be an 
exemption for freelancers. 

Winchell to Miami 

Walter Winchell and his radio en- 
tourage for the Jet-gens Sunday 
night broadcast are pulling out for 
Miami in sections this week, with 
the columnist slated for departure 
tomorrow (Thursday). James An- 
drews, of Lennen. k Mitchell, goes 
along to represent the sponsor to- 
gether with Henry Andrews of the 
agency's legal staff. 

No representative of the Blue net- 
work has yet been named for the 
trip, but. as on previous Winchell 
vacations, someone will be on hand 
to sit in on the broadcasts. 



NEW SOLDIER PROGRAM 
FROM OVERSEAS ON NBC 

NBC will break in new series of 
servicemen's air shows from distant 
bases, Saturday (6) 5:45-6 p.m., EWT, 
with a program from London. Shows 
will be tabbed 'GI Variety.- 

-The entertainment by servicemen 
with previous professional experi- 
ence will include songs, sketches 
and musical numbers. NBC foreign 
bureau heads and correspondents are 
lining up the shows. 

The London program is being set 
up by Stanley Richardson, in charge 
of the NBC office there. Bjorn 
Bjornsoii will slage the following 
week's show (13) from Reykjavik, 
Iceland, and the Nov. 20 broadcast 
will emanate from Fairbanks, 
Alaska, where Bud. Foster, manager 
Of KFAR, will introduce the per- 
formers. Shots from other overseas 
bases will be announced later. 



Kansas City '■ — Warven Vining, 
known in radio as Pete Davis, is the 
newest addition to the mike staff at 
KCKN. 




How to Compose 
Two Symphonies a Week— 
To Order! 



Tha-u4^£ lot of music. Hard enough to write hi the while 
heat of inspiration. A miracle— when you consider that 
this music is created lo order. Vet, il's being, done every 
week by NBC staff composers. 

Every week, scripts of N DC shows come lo their desks. 
Bridges, cues, background music, theme' uiusic— all are 
needed before . rehearsal. All of it must be suited to the 
lood and meaning of llie program. All of it — whether il's 
illy four bars or twenty-five minutes of solid music — 
will probably be played just once; and never heard again. 

And It adds up. to the equivalent of two f n 11- 
length symphonic scores a week — every week! 
For the National Broadcasting Company's own 




shows, and for the programs of its- clients, the cijta live 
genius of these NBC composers is always available. 

In the year* thai the National Broadcasting Com- 
pany hat built op It* Mutlc Division to be the be*t In 
broadcasting— one goal ha* been the guide: make mu- 
sic serve broadcasting, do everything possible to enable 
music to enrich the programs heard over NBC, 

Careful planning like this, the creation of the most 
perfect facilities to meet all the needs of broadcasting, 
insistence upon leadership in every field of radio 
— these are some of the things that make SBC 
"The Svticork Most People Listen to. Most." 




The National Broadcasting Company 

Amarka's No. 1 Network— a servici of radio corporation of america 



Comm'l Tele 

Lever Bros, enters the commercial 
television field tonight (Wed.) with 
the first in a new series of weekly 
15-minute programs on an experi- 
mental basis over Dumont's W2XWV. 
Tom Hutchinson, of RulhraufT & 
Ryan, will direct, with Patricia Mur- 
ray featured. 

Soap company has picked 'Face 
of the War,' rour-year-old studio 
news show, for' its television leeoff. 
Various sponsors" products will be 
plugged and account was landed on 
an institutional basis rather than 
for ballyhoo of one particular brand. 
Schedule calls for the Lever show 
to be spotted nt 9 o'clock during the 
Wednesday night Dumont telepcriod 
8:30-10: 

Dumont's application lo the FCC 
for right to operate on a commer- 
cial basis still is pending. When 
granted, new call letters will be 
WABD. 



CBS DIDN'T HAVE 
1 BOWL TOO MANY 

Radio is like this: 

The day aHer CBS circulated 
press releases last week announcing 
they would broadcast the New 
Year's Day Sugar Bowl football 
game from New Orleans, Bill Sio- 
cum, J i-.. network sports director, 
was asked what had . happened to 
the Miami Orarrge Bowl game, an 
annual Ted Husing feature oil CBS. 

:We'll do the Orange Bowl with. 
Husing and Jimmy Dolan, and Gil- 
lette will sponsor ft/ was the reply. 

But it was all news' lo Slocum that 
his network also was putting on the 
Sugar Bowl game, also lor Gillette. 
It was also news to Paul While, di- 
rector 'of public 'affairs for CBS, 
when Slocum asked him about ii. 

A few minutes later, after a few 
phone calls, both network execs 
were straightened out on their New 
Year's Day schedule and it was 
agreed that CBS was carrying both 
'.he Miami and New Orleans foot- 
ball games. , 

'Thanks for letting us know how 
our own network is being run,' was 
Slocum's only comment when con- 
firmation of; the two football broad- 
casts finally reached his desk. 

The original - post-season football 
clash, the Rose Bowl game al Pasa- 
dena, will again go to NBC and Bill 
Slern is expected to be on hand- (or 
the play-by-play. The sportsea.st 
will not be sponsored. 

Penn-Army Switched 

Philadelphia, Nov. . 

The Atlantic cfining Company 
made a fast switch on its -football 
broadcasts in order thai the West 
Point cadets would get a chance to 
hear the • broadcast of Die Pcnn- 
.Army game Sal. 1 30) . 

When the cadets heard Ihey woi;ld 
not be allowed to" travel to Philiy 
to attend the important tussle ibolh 
learns were unbeaten), Ihey were 
downcast. No New- York slation was 
scheduled to cany the game Ol was 
being broacdast locally over 
WCAU). 



Aluminum Co. Buys 
'Windows' on NBC Net 

Aluminum Co. of America has 
bought 'Lighted Windows' from 
Transamerican for a Saturday 
morning spot (11:30) on NBC start- 
ing Dec. 4. > Fulton. Ourslcr. will be 
billed as 'consulting editor.' 

The instituljonal program will be 
written by Charles Robinson and 
produced by Basil Loughrane. The 
agency is Fuller & Smilh & Ross of 
Cleveland. 




f.OU CLAVIOV 

N«w CAMKX FROflHAM, Tliurt.. 
10 p.m., EtVl' 



M-ti-M'n SludloB, Hollywood. Cat. 



Wednesday. November 3, 1913 



Seek More Coin 



Washington, Nov. 2. 
Special House Committee investi- 
sating FCC. which has'alrcndy spent 
nljout Sno.onO of its SGO.OOO . appro-' 
priatioji. will shortly go bclore' 
Congress for supplemental coin, 
probably another StiO.000. according 
to Rep. Clarence Lea. California 
.Denwcral. succeeded Eugene- 

Cox as chairman. 

' Indication that much cdin is sought 
is a lipolf that the probe, will con-, 
'tinue a lung lime yOl. Lea confirmed 
this .'when he s;. id that some people 
V. ii'nat.ed il woukl lake at- least six 
Weeks more to wind up I he job.' He 
expressed the hope it coViid. be elided 
early in lliV s|>i:in--'. 

When the committer makes, its re- 
<iucsi. it ii/ay Hie a; '.-.lalcmoht of ox- 
•penses in some , detail. Purpose of 
■tl'i is. Is . lo. set up a clean line of :dc : 
. liuh atinn between what '.was' spent 
, and how ii'nder .'.'ox. and what , the 
,ea chairmanship will' use' the 
"nuiney . for. While- these accounts 
are nut generally made public; there 
". liope that the breakdown will go 
into the record of the- case. '. 

! N«. dale has 'been set yel for re- 
sumption of hearings.. Lea has the 
liltie committee staff, headed by its 
.'general counsel. Eugene L.. Gar'cy, at 
work cm a codification of all charges 
and supporting evidence thus far. 
When this is finished, a copy will«be 
turned over 16' FCC so.that the Com- 
mission can file . answers and also 
submit witnesses in refutation. 

'We arc. going to be very liberal 
on the admission of testimony, writ- 
ten and verbal, from the' Commiini- 
aiioiis Commission,' Lea promised. 



RADIO 23 



M&P's Search 

The Marschalk & Pratt agency is 
inquiring for availabilities'- of two 
tive-miimte strips on local stations: 
with the .periods four hours opart 
cither- day or night;. 

The agency is hush-hush about the 
account, but it has disclosed that 
the strips will be confined to mar- 
kets where another-" its clients. 
-Ess/o. has lin distribution. 



KNODE'S NEW ACTIQN ■■! 

Washington,. Nov.. 

Thonias Knodc has returned to 
WRC as director of publicity for the 
NBC station. /Knodc has just been 
retired' as captain in the infantry 
due to wounds he received in the 
Buna campaign. 

Before ■entering the Army as a 
reserve officer, in "March, 1942. Knode 
*;:».< '.director, of news and special 
events for the station. 



INDIE STATIONS, TOO 
ENJOYING RECORD BIZ 

Washington. Nov. 2. j 
.mail, radio ; , .-•lotions, following, in ■ 
the ' f<)iil..-!cps ol the networks, are 
.ucUiii-; 'belter result* than .ever bc- 
lore-, FCC : Chairman'-. James L. ly. 
disclosi'cl at his .press conference' 
yesterday < I >.. " Continuation of the 
news prim shorla.go. .the chairman 
said; should enable the ■' -indies : tn do 
e\ i-n bi'i ;er oil local advertising-. 

"•The ii<:'iWor;;s .arc making more 
money than evei ;' :.FIy commented.-! 
/ai.ld -1 i a. vi e 1 , t oxiciil this is true of. ! 
individual stations. ' ■' ' • ..' ,[ 

.Describing ;.s .ill-advised the CBS j 
telegram lo al-'i!i:iles. after the FCC 
<luestioiu\'! the new .helwtlrk coil- [ 
tract's -.with! them. Fly said he thought 
the wire was 'perhaps °'a' bit loo hur- 
ried' and charged .iherc were sev- 
.eral inaccuracies in it. . 



Gotta Match, Bud? 

' Chicago. Nov. 3. 
In- ,1-A - and about-to-be'-'- 
draflcd. -Maryjn Miller is. uii- 
dbublcdiy the i busiest man in 
radio hc-ie. Announcer, actor and' 

-narrator on :i3. local, and net- 
work shows... Miller in addition, 
finds tlnie' to do all narration on 
Navy' Flight lilni made- in Chi-' 
cago. /!...'. '' 

. As a x'hiei specialist in the 
Coast Guard Naval Reserve. 

'Miller has t i devote 12 hours a- 
week in Coast Guard . public 
relations and s,t.ill finds titvie to 
lake flying Jessons three times a 
weel;. 



Stations Beef R.R.s Spending Coin On 




Watson, Dodd Will Take 
Congressional Ouster To 
Ct. After FCC Tiring' 



Nat'l Radio. Conference 
Sets Femme Roundtable 

Washington, Nov. 2! 

! Peggy Cave, of Station . KSD. ; St. 
Louis. w;i)l conduct, a series of busi- 
ness and discussion, sessions at a. Na- 
tional K:iuio Conference to be held 
al Stephens College. Nov. 19-21. 
NAB announces. 

Sessions will be attended by radio 
women from /Nebraska, Missouri. 
Iowa. -Kansas. bkliihoma, Arkansas. 
Tennessee ,and Illinois. Theme of 
the conference .'/ill .be ..'Responsibil- 
ity of Radio in the New World.'- 



NEED A SHAVE? 

The Huber Hogue agency is- look- 
ing around lor spots in which to 
.plug the Kant 'Rust brand of Cooper 
Blades. 1 

The will include bids for 

inquiries. . . 



-.Washington-. . 
.FCC oll'icials decljie H-.-;'e that 
the'y will let nature take il'< course iiv 
the case of -William Dm-ld and Goiiil- 
win .'Watson, i:n:.:-il.i ; vc< p'rderod by 
law from the FC'C pay rolls, by; Nov- 
.15 unless they are cantiinicd .in-'tlicir 
jobs by the senate/ FC'C 'jiv.il I go 
through the motions ol "dropping - the 
men. who will, then /lake then- cases 
to the courts for a trial. 

Case of Watson aiul Dodd was 
of the congressional sensations of 
the. early- .pai t of the year: ics 
cbmmitice claiiiied they were pinkos: 
House set up a' special conmiittce to 
look into their cases and its report 
upheld Dies' .findings-.. So the House 
stuck a rider qd a deficiency .- appro- 
priation's' bill to get rid of Dodd and 
\Vatsoh. Three times the Senate re- 
fused to go along. Finally, just be- 
fore the summer, recess of Congress, 
the Senate bowed in order to gel the 
appropriations, measure through. The 
President signed the bill, also be- 
cause IM appropriations were need- 
ed, but announced that, in his opin- 
ion, the rider was unconstitutional. 



Shell in New England •. 

Shell Oil. has embarked on/a five-; 
week campaign in New York state 
and New England through' the J. 
Walter Thompson -agency! 
■ Account is using local programs 
and .minute announcements. 



'TELE HOLDS GREAT 
POST-WAR PROMISE' 

■Washington-. Nov: 2. 
. Television Will be. a wide open 
field for expansion in the post war 
period, with room fin- plenty of new 
stations. Frank M. Russell NBC Vice ■ 
prcxy. told (he Advertising Club off. 
Washington Wednesday 1 27 >. ! 

Russell said thai the; .'gViiwih of the' 
industry .will depend : primarily upon ' 
the inimber of television recriying 
.Seis sold: ' s soon as enough sets are ; 
sold in a' particular area, he said.' 
con^t ruction of- a/ new >;ai.on will ' 
follow. He descr.ibed :i ili'V-' ielevi-; 
>ioh relay unit which can add about . 
.)0 miles to a raciiii> o/ a- leU'Viskui 
bioadcasl. • j 

rarnswoiili's Stuck < 
FariisworlJi Televi>icni A- IJadio 
orp. common stock inoveil loni Ih.c 
river- 1 he -counter niarl;ei ,io ihe'N. Y. 
• Stock. ..Exchange last wye!;, with 
initial quotations rang: ■ froni 
$9:(i2<Mo S10!87.'g! - ".! 

Karnsworth now : is enli'rc! • en- ', 
gaged in the television field. was, 
incorporated ' in 19:18. Company ; 
showed net profit of $920,004 in the ; 
fiscal year ending last: April :;0 as 
against $642,237 in the previous year. 
Though selling above $10 last 'week, 
the 1.505.997 shares of common:, 
listed have a par value of $1 each. 



Chicago, i 
Plenty of coin .for full page ads in 
newspapers and magazines!. btil not a 
dime for. radio iii the current cam- 
paign by Iho imtion's railroads ;; to> 
urge folks not to travel -unless it'i 
cssenlial.' caused plenty of firework 
at a recent. '-meeting .of 'war .produc- 
tion managers of .'all Chicafio' radio 

; R. R. Borroll. head of (lie Blii 
iNi'lwoik in Chicago, who called the 
meeting, iii. his e:ipacily as radio con- 
sultant for the bWI. was: delegated 
by (lie "group o .write; a formal letter 
of protest to OWI chief of radio 
Philip Cohen. Letter roVniiim'oudod 
that the protest be forwarded, to the 
Association of- American Railriiads, 
(lie Hailiniid Ketiienu'iil. Board -autl'' 
ICInier -Davis, liead of OWI. ' 
. S'iaiaiioiV steins froni the fact that 
while thi- -.Assn. of .'American. Rail- 
roads is carrying (in a campaign in 
newspapers and magazines oh a -.paid, 
ad .basis ■'urging folks to "slay at 
honu-. /llie radio diyisio-n: of, OWI is 
■carrying on a.campai n (if its own 
using live: and iransci'i bed spot an- 
nouncements on a gratis basis: 

Pending, settlement of the situa- 
tion. Chicago stations, iire refusing all 
■OWI railroad copy .'.pending.' a. solu- 
tion of the pidblen-i. 



Hogan Station-Repping; 

Chicago. Nov. 2. 

Homer Hogan has . formed a sta- 
tion representative organization here 
lo be known as Homer Hogan & Co: 

First station to be signed iip. by 
Hogan Is KWBU. new oO.OuO-watter 
on the 1010 kilocycle channel, at 
Corpus Christi. Texas, which is 
scheduled to .start, operations soon. 



New. York— N. P. Colwell is now 
with the Chicago sales staff 6t 
Joseph Hershcy McCillvra. Inc: 



• OWI Okays 
. As a result of the beef registered 
by the Chicago stations, the OWI 
has given , them the green light to 
solicit railroad sponsors for the next 
anti-travel campaign, - which starts 
the latter part of this month lb ward 
bit the usual Thanksgiving crowd. 
Five seconds of the pnc-minule OWI 
recordings have been allotted for Ih" 
commercial. ■ 

In the ■ meantime E. R. BorrolT'« ■ 
letter to Philip Cohen has been for- 
warded to Ihc Association of Ameri- 
can Railroads, the Railroad Retire- 
ment Board and .Elmer- Davis. Th» 
consent given by the OWI for spot 
sponsorship is viewed as an opcniji^ 
wedge in radio's bid for railroad ad- 
vertising. 




from coitMy fair to big time 

...via WBT 




iu:ln succoss story is typical of WBT 
talent. Ton years ago. 3 youngsters met 
at a little county fair in South Carolina. One 
was tooting a trumpet in tlic carnival hand 
.. .another picked 'hanjo in a miiistrel troupe 
...the third -just came to -the fair to show his 
uncle's l)]gc-)'i!)l)On'heife'i:. 

They got. acquainted .i'tnd. -'in no time flat, 
organized a striii": hand. 'With another ro- 
cruit, tlie\/l)egaii phiying (lie square-dance 
circuit of the Caroliiiiis. Their fame went 
ahead of thein like a squirrel in a forest. It . 
readied - WBT. . ,'a'nil \vc — ahvavs huntiii'' 
new talent put. 'thein (in the air. They've 
been f,i\ C)i'iU'S\\'illi\\'iiTli^t( , iH'i'S" t-\;<'.i siiiCO. 

Gene An try persuaded .the 
Tennessee. 1'aiiiblers to get .leave 
.'•a i id visit Tfpllywotid. They niade! 
si v pictures. Now the Ramblers 
are. hack, fur a serh's of per- 



sonal appearances in Carolina theatre. 

The Ramblers had a fine time in Holly- 
wood, hut they say their main interest is 
still WBT. We've just signed them up — 
exclusively— for another year and put thorn, 
on the. air acioss the board. 11:30-1]: 15 ; 
A.M., with WBT's yodelling Claude Casey 
as. emcee. It makes a show to delight the 
lietirl of any Clarolinian. 

Ready now j(ir ■<ijum<i(n'ihip i the. Ton-- 
; Bamblers offer tlie. triple, (if 
radio popularity, movie sla'rdom (.their 
latest : picture is about to be released), and 
widespread por- 
■soiiitl appoaranceJi. 
All in all, a ver. 
likely -package to 
discuss with us or 
Radio '-.Sa-hss- very 



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the SPOT Bruudcasti/tg Division of CBS • 




CHARLOTTE * 50,000 Watts 
The Smith's Best Salesman 
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Wednesday, November 3, 19'IS 







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WALTER WINCH ELL 
New York Daily Mirror 

The Orchid Garden . . . "Carl Brlsson's delightfulills 
:il Versailles. " 



ROBERT W. DANA 
N. Y. Herald Tribune 
"Beau Brummel in top hat, while tie, and tails has 
stormed' the late shows at the Versailles with a 
matinee-idol's personality. Mr/ Brisson has a copious 
curly, brown thatch of hair, a marvelous physique and 
a face that will , never grow old .. . Mr. Brissoh is 
irresistible as he sings /. . . with a husky poignancy 
that can hold a sob and a laugh In the same breath." 



, BEN SCHNEIDER 
Women's Wear Daily 
"Carl Brisson, Danish motion picture and musical 
comedy star, made a night club debut at' the Versailles . 
early Thursday morn that was as complete a personal 
triumph as anything we've seen this season. A typical 
Versailles opening night audience, full of people who 
know show business, packed the commodious room and 
kept Mr. Brissoh on for nearly 20 minutes . . . Mr. 
Brisson won his opening night audience, just as we're 
sure he will continue to captivate listeners, with his 
thoroughly Ingratiating charm and unostentatious sing- 
ing style." 



Recommended 



ED SULLIVAN 
New York Daily News 



risson at The Versailles.' 



ELSA MAXWELL 
New York Post 

"He's been the hit of the show at the Versailles. The 
'older deb:;,' 'debs,' sub-debs, and even their escorts 
pack the place nightly: And they keep their mouths 
shut while Carl, as .he puts it, 'makes love to the tiny 
portable microphone.'. Creating such an unexpectant 
hush In a night club is a remarkable feat of showman- 
ship in itself. Carl's twirling cane, his. elan, his general 
good spirit's eets them. And somehow that gaiety and . 
glamour gets into his voice . . . In fact, he could sing 
the alphabet and make it exciting, romantic or funny 

. . as he wished." 



PAUL MARTIN 
N. Y. World-Telegram 

"Nick and Arnold have unveilled a new fall revue at 
the Versailles ... The whole thing titillating though 
it Is, Is a mere window dressing for the Versailles' 
current fair-haired boy, Carl ■ Brisson, continental 
matinee idol . . . possesses and uses with telling effect 
on the feminine patrons a set of dimples, curly Tiair. 
impeccable appearance, singing voice, and a load., of 
showmanship . . The current sensation." 



EARL t 
New Yo 
'At last there* somebodr 
. . But now we have a Ul 
with curly brown hair ' 
hunk of man, big-shou'li',! 
smile tinged with mischief 
opened at the Versailles. ), 
and the girls Jn their fillip 
Hona) singer is Carl Brisson 



■ GENEIi 
N.Y.Journ. 

"Without straining the n , 
staled that his premiere wi j 
porter, only knows that tkt 
a glittering turnout it was, I 
echo. They brought him b> 
hated to let him go.'': 

, (AND I 
"It's opening" night ifih 
sailles where CarlBrisMii 
debut last w eek. Brisson I 
Carl Is taking up where Sbl 
of making girls swoon." 



ABEL GREEN 
'Variety' 

"This being the year of the great' 'comebacks' (vi-i. 
Durante, Whiteman,. Groucho Marx, Jessel, el a).) — 
actually of people who've never really, been away— 
add Carl Brisson to the galaxy. And he takes his place 
way up on top. Here's a new personality kid for the. 
saloon circuits who will make show biz history from 
the first couvert charge . . . you watch the Dane get 
off his killer-diller cycle of songs; and turn on the 
charm, which consists of three salients (brown wavy 
hair, deep-dished dimples and an infectious smile). 
From the barrier Brisson Is bo ft, registering with his 
"sbqwmanly 'glad you've not forgotten me; how nice of 
you to come,' and his repertoire is surefire. Brisson's 
routine comprises whammo hits which he Introduced 
on both sides of the Atlantic . . 'Cocktails for Two,' 
'Cigarette Was Burning,' 'Little While Gardenia,' a 
little number in his native Danish, the 'scale song,' and 
many other;; — all combine into a socko 25 minutes. 
He works free and easy in his top hat and tails, alter- 
nating between the stationary mike . and a portable 
hand mike which will probably soon be. adopted by 
many another singer. Brisson is' a 'grown-up. he man; 
and a sophisticated crooner, who'll make the above 
teen-age femmes swoon: And that is certainly a nov- 
elty In show business today." 



KATHRYN CRAVENS 
Station WNEW 
"The find of the season." 



• FRANK CONNIFF 
N. Y. Journal-American 
"The red-letter event of the summer." 



VIRGINIA FORBES 
New York Sun 

"A matinee Idol has returned. Carl Brisson inter- 
national singing star at the Versailles and ' likely 
candidate for the title of best-dressed male night club 
entertainer, once played a matinee and an evening per- 
formance then picked up the boxing gloves, and went 
to the arena, where he knocked out the middleweight 
champion of Denmark." 



ALLENE TALMEY 
Vogue's Spotlight 

"Carl Brisson who has the more adult night-club 
audiences gasping like spawning .salmon at his happy- 
alive songs, his dimples and his hair with a wave, and 
his look of having lived a merry life!" 



DANTON WALKER 
N. Y. Daily News 
"Three songs by Carl Brissoh are worth all the rest 
of the show at the Versailles put together. Brisson in 
what Is technically known as a 'comeback' has proved 
himself the biggest drawing card at the Versailles." 



JACK EIGAN 
Station WOR 
"Town's newest singing sensation.' 



LEE MOI 
Sunday! 

"My first opportunity. U 
when the new show opened! 
Versailles the other night u 
shouting Is about. Britsta 
others in the current erof 
namely > voice, but he has si 
and good looks." 



GEORGE W J 
Boston Dailf I 

Personality plus— Carl BrhN 
Irig stars of all limes . . . Se( 
the Copley Plaza Oval Reoal 
thought it would be— bat wh 
ance!— and with the audiexei 
back again and again, and J»< 
approximates ... Then jr«ii 
Chevalier used to be? . . / * 
. Jack Buchanan, that cbarnlaj 
a little stopped to And a»Wr 
Charley King, may be, a ft* 
but he's a dancer; Jack WhWi 
Ite, Crosby or Sinatra— Ok, » 



ED FITZGERAM 
Station WORJ 
it from any angle and b r '* k ^ 



Wednesday, November 8, 1943 



P^RIETY 



25 



V 




ILSON 
Post 

who can make you swoon 
handsome, dimpled Dane 
Last night (his gorgeous 
id. lean-waisted, with a 
nd sex appeal by the ton 
it girls in their twenties 
went crazy.' This sensa-. 



SIGHT 
l-Amerioan 

trlallves, It can safely be 
triumphant . ..This 're-' 
Brsl-night audiences— and 
•—cheered Brisson to the 
i lor several encores, and 



ITER) 

this evening at the Ver- 
Bade a- smash hit at his 
its on girls so don't fret, 
lira left off In the matter 



TIMER 
lirror - 

itch Carl Brisson came 
Nick and Arnold's classy 
Imw I can see what the 
Wt only has what most 
f singing favorites lack, 
■manship, stage presence 



iARKE 
Record 

' one of the great sing - 
'I Brisson'* opening at 
Men bigger than you 
charm! Such Insoucl- 
>Ulng for hint to come 
T to figure out who he 
•*! Is It like Maurice 
• an approximation of 
«tlkh star, but you're 
Ulraate American . . , 
*>* ««; Fred Astalre, 
well maybe . . , VaN 
» thousand times no! 



LOUIS SOBOL. 
IN. Y. Journal-American 
"I have not heard such an enthusiastic ovation to a 
night club artist In years as was accorded this hand- 
some dimpled Scandinavian as he sang his nostalgic 
chants. It never occurred to me the fellow could be so 
charming a minstrelman ... Definitely Broadway has 
overlooked a potent bet, and Hollywood -will soon be 
making bids for him." 

(AND LATER) 
inally to the new show at the Versailles . . . one 
of the liveliest in many seasons ... . with the grand 
fellow of song still starred . . . Carl Brisson . . . Just 
as en the occasion of his opening night at the Versailles 
..Brisson stampeded the house." 




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RADIO 



Wednesday, November S, 19 13 




Day time Survey During Series, Holiday 



eve'ral advertiser-subscribers pi 
the Hooper 'Reports: Inst week, ex- 
presM'd- Uienisclycs as disappointed 
in I ho fact' that ^Hooper had riot seen 
flt.li> change. its daytime survey pe- 
riod in October, since- the week . in 
tuiosl i>u> was . not . only marked' y 
the World Scries- broadcasts but by 
a huliday. Columbus Day. These ac- 
count-; relt that because of the. cir-. 
runistanVcs some other week in, the 
month other' than the- customary sec- 
mid week should have been chosen 
for the check: The criticism also 
took the- lack that the data gathered 
for. thai week tended to give a dis- 
to'iecl picture of daytime' ratings, 
and threw llic latter but of focus 
when. compared to , the Hooper nighl- 
liino survey for the month. 
The Hooper organization's explan- 
.iiin Was: that as. a result of man- 
■ power and mechanical problems it 
is hoiin.d to follow a charfed course 
in nvikiu:; its listener checks/ The 
company's custom- is to check night- 
time lisii'iHtij; ; the first and third 
weo\;s of the nionth;, survey daytime 
1 1 I o n i ii u 'during the second week of. 
• th<?' nionth.- and on the fourth week 
compile the da I a and prepare a . ie- 
poi;i foV subscribers. ' — ----- 

The mechanical, .oivbicm- refers to 



the. s -telephone facilities, 

which: because of current heavy de, 
mauds', musl be provided long in ad- 
vance of 'the : usdagc\ 



Stromberg-Carlson Airs 
Rochester Naval Show 

■Rochester. . ... Nov. 
' Slromberg-Carlson Co.. owner 
WHAM, is sponsoring a new series 
of 'Mission Accomplished' from . the 
Sampson Naval Training Station, 
Wednesdays at 7.15 p.m. It's an all- 
Navy show: featuring' Art Jarrctl'S 
22-piece orchestra, a glee club and 
a dramatic unit aired from an audi- 
torium sealing 3.000 'boors' at the 
training station. Feature is a dra- 
matic incident from the present war. 
Usually with Ihe hc.ro present. ' 

Jack Lee. of the WHAM staff, di- 
rects, and George Redman, of Mc- 
.Cann : E: icksoiv, prepares the script. 



New 'ork— Arthur s 
merly with Schiclfelin 
joined the ' Coniplbn agency to do 
merehandising and- sales promotion 
on the- merican Home Products 
accounts 



OWI RADIO PLANS SET 
AT 2-DAY N.Y. CONFAB 

Existing Office of War Informa- 
tion-broadcasiin^ industry arrange- 
ments will be used In conduct the 
forthcoming Goveinmenr campaigns 
encompassing "-manpower, conserva- 
tion, ' economic; stabilization, • food, 
salvage and war "finance -.problems, 
reported William Spi-.e. deputy, 
chief of the OWI domestic radio' 
bureau, at the closed session huddle 
Thursday ( 2B > in New: York of OWI, 
network, ad agency and sponsor of- 
ficals. . session, held at the Uni- 
ted Nations Information -office, re- 
yic.wcd and set forth OWI domestic 
radio accomplishments for 1943-44.'. 
: Elmer Davis, director of the OWI 
led qlY with an off-ihe^rccord ad- 
dress on the ;U- situation. , thc.r 
speakers were Philip Cohen, head 
of the radio bureau, who outlined 
the work of the OWI and William | 
Fairbanks,- -George Ludluni. Jackt 
Mullen. John, llynies. Merrill Bar-j 
mini and Crom-weli' Jackson. OWI! 
departmental heads, who detailed 
their work. 



CBS 9 Fast Comeback at Citation 



in 



FOSTER EXPANDING 

Codric Foster. Boston news.com- 
for- mcntalbr. gels his Mutual hookup en- 
has larged to 17 stations. Nov 7. when 
Ke starts a new series tor the Kni- 
ployers Group Insur-ince Co. 

H. B. . Humphrey. u'n agency, is 
handling. 



Washington. Nov. . 
. Snappy comeback by CBS, in : the 
telegram to its affiliates, ruffled 
plenty of feathers in FCC circles, 
diaries R. Deniiy, general counsel 
forjhc Commission, charged thai, tye 
telegram, was both misleading and 
inaccurate. Deiiny made these points: 

1. FCC never, approved the con- 
tract in August and \ saw. a 
copy until a month ago. 

2. FCC never approved the option 
timie stand and altitude of CBS. as 
taken in June, but only Ihe May in- 
terim memorandum on option lime. 

.3. Page G of the . cdnliact says iii 
effect that no part of the conUncI 
jshall be valid if it violates the web 
regulations, but the rust live pages 
remind a iliatcs- that Columbia 'ex- 
pects every one lo do its duly." re- 
minding thr» stations of what is ex.- 
pceled of them. . 
"DonnV talked Saturday wiili Earl 
Gammons. CBS' 'top man .here. and. 
expects that the situation will be 
straightened put shortly. 

FCC has piil the finger on amended. 
CBS. contracts with its affiliates, 
charging that these contracts may. he 
in; violation of throe of the" network 
regulations and asking the web for 
an explanation. 

Regulations- involved ;\re: ; 



which prohibits contracts provcnlina 
a' station from broadcasting pi: u . 
grams .of . more than one net: 3 lq-> 
which prohibits a net from inakih"^ • 
a;-- contract with an ' affiliate which 
would, prevent another station -sen- 
injj the same area from taking iii a 
program not used by the affiliate or 
prevonting another station covering 
a different area from broadcasting 
any program of the web: and 3.1(14 
which pphibils a net from optiohiin; 
more than : (luce hours, in anwure 
segment of ihe broadcast dav. 
, Contracts, cited- , have been, 
with WPAD. I'adiicah, Kv.; 
liopkinsvillc. Ky.: KEYS. 
Chrisli. Tex.: KGBS. Hariirt'nen. 
'and perhaps others.' 

iich contracts' would appear 
hinder.'. if not prevent, a station fr.n: 
exen:ising ike .degree- of Treed un 
specilievl. in ihe Chain roadcasim-.; 
'Regulations.'' FCC said in a leller- l-V 
CDS. an<f to all its' affiliates. 

Also cited by FCC was a circular- 
JcUer from CBS to its affiliates ;uid 
dated June 7.. 1043. Commissior. 
charged ihiit this 'appears to set ui> 
a time schedule not in compliance 
with the 'rerniircmems o.f ihe rcgula- 
lioii which specifics thai a chain may 
nol opt ion more than three, hou rs of 
.a station's lime, in any, one of Ihe 
I four segments o( (he broadcast dav.' 
Renewal of licenses of. CBS affil- 
iates having live contracts is at, stake 
the mailer' Among the . cont'vac; 
auses 'complained, of are the f. . )— .. 
lowing: .'. 
'Columbia will continue (he station 
Ihe exclusive Columbia outlet iii ' 
the : present standard broadcast ban 
' ! which the station is located and 
ill so publicizp the station, and will 
not luriiish its exclusive network 
programs to any other station in (lie 
present standard broadcast band in 
that oily, except in case or. public 
emergency.'.. 

"The. .station will operate as the 
xclusiye Columbia' outlet in (he 
presen i staiutard broadcast band i n 
such city and will so .publicize -itself,- 
and will not join ;ror broadcaslin>- 
purposes any other formally organ- 
ized or regularly constiluled grouo 
Pf. broadcasling stations: The station 
ihall be free to join occasional local, : 
slalcwidc oc regional hookups 
broadcast special evei'ils of public 
importance..' 




•Chick Carter, Boy Detective" is radio's fastest growing 
adventure show. After only 12 weeks on the air, ten 
SO-secprid ariouncements on one- station alone produced 
over 24,000 mail applications for membership in Chick's 
"Inner Circle". And Street k Smith Publications will 
shortly add eight pages of his exploits to The : Shadow 
Comics, a magazine regularly reaching over 2,000,000 
readers every month. 

As the adopted son of "Nick Carter" (another established 
Mutual feature), Chick brings to radio all the exciting 
appeal of the. famous family name in fresh, new form; 
Supported by a standout cast, he enacts his adventures 
five days a week at 5:30 p.m., EV.'T, on the Mutual Network. 

"Chick Carter, Boy Detective!' is a Mutual presentation,: 
produced and directed by Fritz Blocki. It is now available, 
for sponsorship, the latest in the parade of hit shows 
originated by Mutual in cooperation with Street & Smith: 
■The Shadow". .."Nick Carter". ..and ''Chick Carter"! 
Tor further clues, communicate with Mutual. 




clai 



Attack. Surprises CBS 
CBS can t see how . FCC can 
object to the network's revised af-; 
jilialed stations contract unless it 
has to do with, a particular phrase. 
The CBS agreement provides that 
Ihe stipulated terms wiir-pcevaii Vii 
long as'. lhe;FFCs. rules on .chaiii 
broatlrasling are im effect. FCC coun- 
sel, thinks Columbia, apparently 
.doe.Mi l like the idea, perhaps su-i- 
gcslcd by the words -so long as.' that 
the rules won't .-be- everlasting, and 
that this view is in contradistinclion 
to the belief of Chairman James L. 
Fly and the commission's general 
Counsel 

The network last week addressed 
a telegram to its affiliates slating 'that 
the language of the amended' con- 
tracts was discussed with the FCC'J 
counsel nf August and that the laltcr 
had agreed that the paper complied 
with the commission's rules from 
(he legal standpoint. 'We are .Ihere- 
rpre.' said: the wire, amazed at ihe 
sudden public attack without -warn- 
ing threatening license renewals of 
stations- in. connection' with phraseol- 
ogy of new contracts despite fiill 
legal compliance with the commis- 
sion's rules.' " 



D'ARTEGA 

AND IIIS 

ALL GIRL ORCHESTRA 

Opening Nov. 3 
ORPHEVM THEATRE 
Los'-Angele* 
Personal Management 
ERNEST LI EBM AN ' 
1440 Broadway, NewVoi 
IMrrciInn William : Mnrrlx \tv. . ■ 



PAVANNE 

MILL5 MUSIC, INC. 



Wednesday, November 3, 1913 



P^RIETY 



RADIO 27 



Inside Stuff-Radio 

■Margaret Allen,' who teed off Monday (1) as a replacement for Ade- 
laide Hawley in the. WABC, N. Y., 8:45-0 a.m. period, is a nom. de radio 
for Margaret Early, former Blue staffer : assisting Johnny Johnstone in 
.special events. WABC's decision to use a station moniker was influenced 
by resignation of Adelaide Hawiey, who went over to WEAF. Station 
spokesman claims she was built up as a personality by WABC, so rather 
than risk future losses of this type, the station will develop a nam rather 
than an individual, for the femnie-slanted a.m. bracket. 



Radio editors (the male side) may be on the way to collecting a ward- 
robe from network sponsors'. The week before last the William Esty 
agency, "which handles the Camel account, sent around a tie to mark the 
coming return ot Abbott and Costello on NBC. Last week the Frank H. 
Lee Co., which sponsors Dale Carnegie on Mutual, distributed gift .cer- 
tificates entitling the! "editors. to. a -Lee hat.. 



The Blue network boosted its average number of stations per nighttime 
.program last month to 106 and announced a daytime total of 116; In Oct., 
1942, the comparative, figures were 84 nighttime and 52 daytime stations. 

The total sponsored hours reached a peak of 4,162 per week for an in- 
crease; of 102% over the October figures a year ago. 



When -Easy Aces', and 'Mr. Keen' (CBS) go half-hour about a month' 
hence, 'Lum 'n' Abner' (Blue) will remain the only nighttime personality 
15-min. serial on the networks. There will also be' but one other dra- 
matic quarter-hour program after 7 p.m. EWT, namely, T Love a Mystery.' 

Coca-Cola's insistence; that Dave Ross handle no other shows Sunday 
but their 'Pause That Refreshes' via CBS 4:30-5 p.m.. backed by a hefty 
wage increase, induced the. announcer to give up his Take.lt Or Leave If 
chores for Evershatp on that same network (.10-10:30 p.m.). 

Ken Roberts, another free-lance- announcer, has replaced Ross on the 
pencil stanza. - 



Philco Looks to Postwar Television 
Via 'Hall of Fame'; Shows Budget 20G 



WJW STARTS OPERATION 
FROM CLEVE. NOV. 14 

Cleveland, Nov. 2. 

... Alter innumerable delays, WJW 
will go on. the. air .Nov. 14 from its 
new Cleveland- headquarters in the 

'downtown Newman-Steam .building. 

WJW will be the Blue outlet here, 
leaving WHK-WCLE, which had 
both Mutual and Blue, with just Mu- 
tual.. WJW will become the fifth 
Cleveland station. 



'Chi Theatre of Air' 

Into Medinah Temple 

Chicago. N6v. 3. 
'Chicago Theatre of . the Air,' 
WG.N-Muliial show, will move from 
the WGN main studio Jo the Medinah 
Temple for six performances starting 
Nov. 6. Main WGN studio only seats 
600 as against the Medinah Temple's 
4.000. 

First show in the new location will 
be The Desert Song,' with, a 55-piece 
symphony orchestra, a chorus of 30. 
a dramatic cast of 10 and five solo- 
ists. 



'Bobby Hookey' Goes 
'/z-Hr. With New Title 

Pharmaco's 'Bobby Hookey' series 
for Chooz expands to, a half-hour 
show Sunday i7) and \vill be heard 
over 34 Mutual network stations, 
1:30-2 o'clock. The expanded show 
also takes on a new title, 'Hookey 
Hall,' 

Show- is "being made available to 
the entire network as a sustaining 
feature from 12 to 12:30 p.m. on 
Saturdays. 

MBS Expands Station 
Relations Setup; More 
Service for Affiliates 

The MuUial"Network's station re- 
lations setup has been expanded to 
the point where it has sufficient men 
to get around . alternate periods 
to affiliates and explain the web> 
newly proposed .station compensa- 
tion contract. Richarc' F. O'Connor, 
director of station relations, is him- 
self slated to embark on this mis- 
sion within the next two weeks. 

The Mutual station relations de- 
partment is- now- so organized as to 
allow for a manager of each of four 
regional divisions. Each ol these 
will also have - other intra-office 
duties affecting affiliate relations, 
such as handling coverage and mar- 
ket data, engineering traffic prob- 
lems, assist in lo.e*al sales representa- 
tion and advise on programming 
problems. Edwin T. lis will man- 
age the eastern, division. James A. 
Mahonc-y will direct !he western 
division. Charles Godwin will be in 
charge of the southern division,, while 
the post of central division manager 
is yet to be filled. 

The sn".up includes Andrew (.. 
Poole, manager of engineering traf- 
fic, and Paula Nicoll. manager- o( 
station traffic. 



Philco, with its sponsorship of 
Variety's* Radio. Hall of Fame, feels 
that it wil| have the perfect tele- 
vision setup, when and if tele is set 
to go after the' war. Meantime elab- 
orate plans for the hour-long, Blue 

network program, cpast-to-coasl. 
starting Dec. 5 in a Sunday night 
6-7 p.m. slot, may entail the -grand 
ballroom of the Waldorf-Astoria. 
N. Y., as the point of origin. Philco 
is willing to spend up to $50,000 to 
convert the Waldorf into an ideal 
broadcasting studio, although at this 
writing there are severar technical 
stymies which may force the show 
into a regular radio playhouse; 

Talent is still being set. The nut 
exceeds $20,000 a week for every- 
thing. The 'Best Bets' idea, which 
constitutes the basic theme of the 
'Radio Hall of Fame.' will cull top- 
flight attractions from all branches 
of show business. Being topically 
attuned, the 'best' turns can't be 
booked too far in advance of- each 
show. William Morris -agency' 'Bill 
Murray and Wallie Jordan), which 
agenled the;show, of course, will buy 
from anybody and. everybody in 
show business, hence the renewed 
emphasis on an 'open door' policy 
for all agencies and managers. The 
editors of 'Variety' and its world- 
wide 'organization will pick the 'best 
bets.'' 

Engelbach and Faulkner 
De Vere iDee) Engelbach is the 
.producer of the show, and George 
Faulkner will head the scripting. 
Latter arrives today 'Wednesday) 
from Hollywood where he completed 
a Camels chore for Abbott' & Cos- 
tello. ' He will concentrate exclu- 
sively on the Philco program, as will 
Engelbach who is foregoing a mul- 



tiplicity of Blue network program 
production to concentrate on this 
hour program. Bob Wambbldt is th« 
Blue's commercial program super- 
visor. 

Philco-'Variety' program will mer- 
chandize the trademark essentially 
for the duration, backed by an 
elaborate advertising campaign via 
the Say re Ramsdell agency (Ernest 
B. Loveman), Philadelphia, and Jim 
Carmine, v.p. in Charge of Philco 
promotion- Philco, apart from its 
standard radio business, and the 
refrigeration business it will de- ■'. 
velop still further, is very bullish on 
television postwar. Philco's tele- 
vision is all set to go. when condi- 
tions normalize, and the present 
'Radio' Hall of Fame' conceivably 
may become the Television Hall'ot 
Fame- in time. Philco, as with other 
American industry now engaged in 
•war work, is not publicizing its 
bazooka' gun. ada.r. and the like. 
. Philco executives will play host to 
the above principals 'at il.s Phila-% 
delphia home-office this weekend, 
along with maestro Paul Whiteman, 
who will batoii the 40-piece orches- 
tra: Pete Jaeger, sales manager of 
the Blue Network; and. Abel Greer 
editor of "Variety!' 



From Mr. to Mrs. 

Dayton, Nov. 2. 

When Pvt. Harvey Young., former 
WHIO salesman, shows up for a fur- 
lough he has the added interest of 
finding out how his wife. Jane, is 
making out with his accounts. 

After her husband s • induction, . 
Mrs. Young sold the station manage- 
ment on the idea of letting her. lake 
up where he had left off. 




FOR WEDNESDAY 



Forgive a bit of play with words in order thai we may press a point about on appraisal 
by Hooper of the omounl. ond distribution of listening to WLW as compared to station! 
terved by (he four major networks. 

Particularly vivid are the Wednesday evening picture! painted for WLW odyertisert 
In the 28 area cities and 218 rural communities which account for 86.7V. of the oudience 
weighting in C. E. Hooper's Mid-Winter '43 Report. The complete album of the week if 
contained in WLW'»; latest Faxfile release — "The Listening Finger Points". We'd like to 
show you Hooper's study — better still, make your own comparisons. Drop us a wire or 
letter if you hoven't received your copy.. 



THI NATION'S MOST M ERCHANDISE- ABIE STATION 

IIVIIIOM Of IMI (Ntlir fOirOMTIOK 



Wednesday, November 3, 1913 




Wednesday, November 3, 1943 



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NOW ON 



WEAF 



with her distinguished program for women 
Monday through Saturday, 9:30-9:45 A. M. 



Before that happened, you could 
admire Hawley's show from a dis- 
tance, and that's all. But now, for 
an interval, you can buy it! 

Her success with New York women 
—plainly shown in product sales — 
kept her program a sell-out Today, 
several Adelaide Hawley participa- 
tions are available. Tomorrow, the 
ranks will close again — the tremen- 
dous interest in her program onWEAF 
and her past performances tell you so. 

Study the woman. Listen to .her 
show. It's full of life and intelligence 
and contrast A warm and human 
part of her programs are interviews 
with neighbors carefully chosen from 
the listening audience. And celebrity 
guests give the show flair and glitter. 
But the imparting of information 
and news useful to the housewife is 
the plan of it all. Whatever the day's 
subject, it leads Adelaide Hawley— 
or rather, she leads it — to completely 



natural talk about the sponsors* 
products. 

More than incidently,she is also the 
leading newsreel fashion editor; seen 
and heard each week in the MGM 
News, not only by countless WEAF 
listeners, but also by millions of her 
followers throughout the nation. 

Adelaide Hawley's urbane sellin g 
ekill is yours to tap the rich New York 
market — but you'd better act fasti 

Phone or write NBC SPOT SALES 

Radio City, New York 20i IV. Y. 



NBC's KEY STATION 




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30 RADIO REVIEWS 



Wednesday, November 3, 1913 



•HOUSE OX Q STREET' 

With Jessie . Royce I.andis, Erie 
Dressier, Celeste Holm, Cameron 
Andrews, Adelaide Klein, Stanley 
Bell, Ed Bcfiley, Donald Haiti 

Writer: Margaret Sangster 

Producei -Dircrtor: Bob Stevens 

Sustaining 

25 Mins.: Thurs.; ::0.j-7::!0 p.ra, 
W.IZ-niue. New York 

Having already provided the in-, 
spiralion of. "such click stage and 
screen fare as 'The Doughg'iiTs' and 
'The More the Merrier.'-- -the .Wash- 
ington housing shortage with its at- 
tendant complications now serves" as 
the springboat;! for the luc Net- 
work's new Thursday ■ night series 
labelled 'The Hou>o on Q. Street'— 
but with results that; on the basis of 
last week's (28 .1 initial stanza, arc 
somewhat on the dubious side. Pro- 
gram is heard over the network, in 
the 7:05-7:30 p.m. slot, with a tran- 
scription repeat for WJZ audiences 
at 10:30. 

Whether the new sustaining scries 
is primarily aimed at comedy; drama, 
or both, was still a matter lor con- 
jecture after, last Thursdays ^broad- 
cast, though partially understand- 
able through the scripter's chief con- 
cern in his bow-in episode, with col- 



PAVANNE 



MILLS MUSIC, INC. 



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Read the thrilling new mystery novel 

"MURDER IN THE 
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lecting his mixture of divergent na- 
tionalities into the spacious, Geor- 
gian Q street house that's in the 
process^ of being converted into a 
boarding house because the war has 
left its owner-occupants impover- 
ished. Thus I he program introes the 
erstwhile D. C. aristocrats, an ex- 
U. S. Senator and his daughter: an 
ex -Russian Countess now devoted to 
the Soviet cause; a British army 
officer and a U. S. -educated Chinese 
embassy representative. 

The accents are thick: there are no 
attempts at subtlety — but the . script 
pattern remains elusive. There were 
occasional overtones of potential in- 
trigue, with a budding romance, in 
the offing. But as coiiiedyi it will 
require a hypo lacking on the first 
broadcast. 

Q Street' boasts an unusual cast, 
including Jessie Royce Landis as the 
ex-D. C. aristocrat turned boarding 
housekeeper: Celeste Holm. Cameron 
Andrews. Eric Dressier. Adelaide 
Klein. Stanley Bell, Ed Begley and 
Donald Bain, with Miss Landis and 
Dressier particularly fine. Miss 
Klein's interpretation of the Soviet 
femme and ex^flame of the Q 'street 
house master is too greatly carica- 
tured. Miss Holm fits neatly into 
the role of the senator's daughter. 

Rose. 



■THIS WOMAN' S ARMY* 
Dramatization 

15 Mins., Thuis., 10:45-11 p.m. 
Women's Armv Corps 
WPEN, Philly 

This program has given plenty of 
impetus to the current WAC recruit- 
ing drive by its graphic portrayal of 
the work which the femme division 
of the U. S. Army is doing. The show 
is written and produced by couple of 
G. I.'s, Tech. Sgt. Sidney Paul, for 
merly with the CBS Workshop, and 
Tech. Sgt. Leo Brady, quondam N. Y 
playwright and once with. RKO 
story department. 

Script is excellent and acting is of 
big-league calibre. Show caught 
showed the different classes of girls 
in the WAC and had a trick O. Henry 
ending which clutched the thr^il. 

51ml. 



'STRADIVARI ORCHESTRA' 

Cast: Paul Lavallc, Jacques Gause- 

lin, Harrison Knox, John Coslello 
Director: James Haupt 
30 Mins.; Sun., 12:30 p.m. 
PRINCE MATCHABELLI 
WEAF-NBC, New York 

(Morse fiiternn(ioiiol) 

Following the example of Bour- 
jois, which went on the . air some 
months ago for its Evening in Paris 
face powder, Prince Matchabelli has 
started a Sunday noon scries for its 
perfumery. The type of program is 
similar, on the plausible theory that 
soft light-classical music is the prop- 
er atmosphere for romantic palaver 
about the glamor of perfume. Since 
the music in this case is properly 
soothing and the copy is skillfully 
concocted, the show seems a likely 
prospect for commercial success. 

As it happens. 'Stradivari Orches- 
tra' has one aspect that makes it a 
virtual, cinch to pay off in sales. 
That is the shrewd merchandising -of 
the program itself, plus its tie-in 
with the product. First of all, the 
reiteration of the fact that Stradi- 
vari fiddles are used in Paul La- 
valle's smooth-textured group is an 
attention-getter. Probably innum- 
erable listeners " who would other- 
wise take little note of the actual 
tone of the orchestra will be per- 
suaded they are listening to some- 
thing super-special. In addition, the 
fact that Prince Matchabelli has put 
put a Stradivari brand of perfume 
hot only permits numerous product 
mentions, but also provides the op- 
portunity for comparing the 'rare 
and priceless Stradivari master- 
pieces' (meaning the fiddles I with 
the 'rare and priceless Stradivari 
masterpiece' (meaning the perfume). 
Perhaps...the logic in such reasoning 
is imperfect, but it should sell per- 
fume. 

Purely from a quality standpoint. 
'Stradivari Orchestra' is reasonably 
good. The orchestra selections arc 
pleasant, with Jacques Gassclin's 
violin solos 'offering bright inter- 
ludes, and the Harrison Knox vocals 
are passable. John Costello reads 
the unctions announcements and 
commercial copy. Hobe. " 




Standard Oil Sponsors Lowell Thomas 
Five Nights a Week on Pacific Blue 



Effective November 1, Standard Oil of 
California begins sponsorship of Lowell 
Thomas - America's highest-rated 
newscaster and commentator, Monday 
through Friday at 9:30 p. M. PWT on the 
Pacific Blue Network. 

This is the largest and most signifi- 
cant sale made by any Pacific Coast 
network during 1943. 

To Pacific Blue the acquisition of 
Lowell Thomas is another seven-league 



stride toward dominance of the evening 
audience on the Pacific Coast. 

But more than that-this purchase by 
Standard Oil, with a reputation for know- 
ing and buying the best in Western ad- 
vertising, again spotlights Pacific Blue 
as the network to buy on the Pacific Coast. 

footnoti for OPPORTUNISTS: Pacific Blue's 
9:00-9:30 p.m. availabilities, preceded by. 
audience-getters like "Duffy's" and "Battle 
of the Sexes'.' and now followed by Lowell 
Thomas, won't last long. 



'FREE FOR ALL' 

With Bill Grey, Betty Randall, Bob 

Stanley 
Comedy, Songs, Band 
Sustaining . 
30 Mins.; Mon; 9:30 p.m. 
WOR-Mulual, New York 

Billed as a new comedy program, 
this half-hour suslainer fell far short 
in the laugh department. Bill Grey, 
dialectician, struggled manfully in 
his various roles as straight man; 
'Whammy.' a glib soda-jerk; 'Pop 
Comstock.' the old-timer, and 'Prof. 
Ifnif,' a mythical explorer with a 
Ben Welch accent, but lack of smart, 
.material and well-constructed gags 
spoiled his chances of getting the 
program away to a good start. 

The band, billed as 'Steve Shultz 
(Bob Stanley) and his Katzenjam- 
mers.' and Betty Randall, WOIVs re- 
cent addition to the vocalist, ranks, 
carried the musical end of the show 
in satisfactory fashion, and there ,was 
the inevitable 'Pistol Packih' Mama' 
as delivered by the Denver Darling, 
Trio, assisted by Miss Randall. Allen 
Franklin. staff announcer. was 
on the spot trying to maintain a fast, 
sprightly pace, but the laughs and 
the liveliness just weren't there. 
Franklin's introduction of Grey was 
corny— a tremendous buildup with 
high praise and forgetting the name 
routine. 

This style of -humor' set the pace 
for the rest of the broadcast and was 
followed by such cracks as the soda 
fountain chatter, which included the 
little gem about having to. 'take the 
marble cake for granite.' 'Comstock,' 
a deaf oldster who misunderstood 
everything said to him, and 'Ifnif,' 
about to be eaten by cannibals, were 
equally 'tired.' 

The show, at this catching evi- 
denced need for a complete over- 
hauling along comedy lines,, but the 
band and Miss Randall held to a 
' evcl - wit " the latter's 'People 
Will Say' being far and away the top 
spot of tne performance Monday (1) 



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: Follow-up Comment :: 



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Wally Brown, young film comic, 
made, a favorable impression guest- 
slarring on Dinah Shore's CBS pro- 
gram for Birds Eye Thursday (281 
With Miss Shore aiding. Brown told 
a long story of his California and 
winter-resort adventures, employing 
the old vaude routine of never fin- 
ishing a line. This halting-answer 
technique brought numerous laughs 
because of implied, slightly off-color 
suggestions. However, Brown spoiled 
the effect somewhat through flabby 
sense of pacing. He seemed to have 
a tendency to rush lines where he 
should take' time, and vice-versa. 
Audience impression was further 
spoiled by having Brown come to 
assist on a long commercial in which 
he employed same halting-answer 
technique as in guest spot. 

With Bing Crosby taking a five- 
week respite from the NBC Kraft 
Music Hall program/ Brother Bob 
Crosby stepped into the show Thurs- 
day (28) and, with Eddie. (Archie) 
Gardner guesting, both combined to 
put over a sock 30-minute stanza 
that maintained the usual high 
standard for this 9-9:30 p.m. spot. 

With *the m.c.-maestro continuing 
to display the same affable manner- 
ism as his crooner brother, the 
Crosby-Gardner exchange, happily 
spread over a portion of the pro- 
gram, made for topflight comedy. 
The gags were good and the deliv- 
ery punchy. There were times, dur- 
ing last Thursday's show- when Bob 
Crosby put over a deadringer Bing 



routine thai almost left the listener 
bewildered. 

Contributing to the show's solid 
impact was the musical melange 
topped by the Crosby-Trudv Iiwiii 
vocalization of the 'Oklahoma' tune 
'Surrey ; With the Fringe on Top ! 
with the latter's soloing of '1 Never 
Mention Your .Name' and Cidsbv's 
rendition of 'Paper DbU' likewise 
tossed off with polish. Some torrid 
rhythm by the orchestra for con- 
trast provided just the right balance. 

Orson Welles did a forceful narra- 
tion Friday (2B) on- CBS in Sandra 
Michael's sketch, 'Who Is Charlie?.' 
which was authored as a Na- 
tional War Fund drive effort. It's 
unfortunate that the stanza was aired 
ll:30-midnight. for its warmth and 
straightforward appeals packed by 
Welles' punchy sales talk warranted 
a larger audience than is usuallv 
tuned in at 'such a late hour. Miss 
(Continued on page 47) 




MORE BUYING 




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'wheaun and 'DreaWatt of V 
Champtont v: wittered trade 
mirki n' General Mill,, Inc. 



'A guide told me she lost 'em In a Athens boarding house- 
reaching for a second howl of Wheatles." 



What might have happened 
around this country, had Wheaties 
' been rationed, is enough to make 
a strong man cringe. . . , Ever no- 



tice the rapt expression on a 
Wheatios-eater's face at the mere 
mention of the Cereal He Loves? 
. . . Ever tried Wheaties; yourself? 



PACIFIC BLUE NETWORK 



Wednesday, November 3, 1913 



ORCHESTRAS 



31 



Inside Stuff-Orchestras 

Lionel Hampton's opening, at the Famous Door, N. Y., last Thursday 
(28) was heavily attended by rival leaders working in the area. Early in 
the evening he went through a rou'tihe on the floor flanked by Duke El- 
lington, Red Norvo, Louis Armstrong and John Kirby (also on. the F. D. 
bill), and later was joined by his old boss, Benny Goodman, and Gene 
Krupa and Tonimy Dorsey. 

Goodman, Krupa, Hampton and Dorsey got "into a jam session that went 
on for more than an hour. ' N 

Hampton's band, playing i,ls first major location in N, Y„ is virtually 
unknown from, a performance viewpoint to jump fans in this area. With 
few recordings on the market, prior to the disc ban, and very little air 
time, the outfit has spent the majority of.it? time, since inception on tour of 
one-nighters. and white and colored theatres.. Despite the lack of records 
and broadcasting,, without: which few bands can hope for financial: suc- 
cess, Hampton: has become one of the hottest of Negro leaders in point of 
earnings. Last week, for example, he took $10,755 as his end of a percent- 
age deal at , the EaAdise, Detroit; 

■ Sudden withdrawal of Nat Brandy Wynne's orch.frbm scheduled co-open- 
ing with Hildegarde on Jan. 13 leaves the Empire Room of the Palmer 
House, Chicago, bandless for that date and Merriel. Abbott, producer of the 
Empire Room shows, is searching for a- band to replace Griff Williams dur- 
ing" Hildegarde's 12-week .engagement. Because , of Hildegarde's top bill- 
ing clause, Williams prefers to do a series of one-nighters and theatre 
ida'es during her run and will return to. the room April 6., : 



Par Pix Said to Be Buying Bands 
As Protection for N. Y. Flagship 



Hollywood, Nov. 

Paramount ' Pictures apparently, 
has awakened to the danger of los- 
ing the bands under contract to its 
N. Y, Paramount to rival .film com- 
panies that have . them for . pictures, 
hence- are in a position to pressure 
them away from that house to their 
own- theatre affiliations. It has 
signed Les Brown's orchestra to a 
three-year film' deal which is said 
lo include' an agreement to play only 
the Par flagship in N. Y. for the 
duration of the deal. D'Artega's all- 
'girl band and Ozr.ie Nelson have- also 
been signed for films and, according 
to word here, orders have gone out 
to round up as many lop-notch b.p. 
bands as possible ;for fjlm deals.- 

Paramount was the initial user of 
name bands in films, one of its earli- 
est being a 'Big Broadcast' release 
with Benny Goodman. It had 
Tommy Dorsey. loo, but after' two 
or three musicals with him Par's- in- 
terest in b.o. bands waned. It sat by 
arid allowed Metro and 20th-Fox to 
gobble up the cream of musical 
names, including Harry' James, the 
Dorsey 's. Xavier Cugat, al. 
Twentieth-Fox -was slower than 
Metro, but it, too, finally began bid- 
ding for band's after the success of 
Glenn Miller's releasci. : . Its next 
major band film will be with Benny 
Goodman, the script based on his 
career; 



Bands Seek Better Spotlinf 

Bandleaders are no longer as. vi- 
tally interested in the salary end of 
film contracts' as they once were. 
After viewing the efforts of Holly- 
wood scripters in. the use of bands 
in recent releases, many leaders hp 
longer consider salary of paramount 
importance." They first want to know 
how they will be used.. 

One leader approached was quoted 
6- salary for one film with options. 
He rejected the conversation about 
money, saying 'let's , figure out first 
how you will employ my band. We 
can talk about the money later.' 



MCA SETTLES LYMAN'S 
CLAIM ON MPLS. DATE 

Abe Lyman has settled his dispute 
with Music Corp. of America over 
the unexpected, cancelling of a 
week's booking at the Orpheum the- 
atre, Minneapolis, last summer. Ly- 
man had asked MCA for the full $8,-' 
500 he asserted was his guarantee on 
the week, but the amount of the' set- 
tlement is not known. 

Lyman claimed MCA was respon- 
sible for the fact' that, he had to lay 
off the. disputed week;' meanwhile 
Paying his musicians' and acts in the 
unit full salaries, because the 
agency's theatre department., had. 
confirmed the booking to him. Par- 
amount booking office in N.Y., which 
bvys talent for the Orphcunv dis- 
claimed okaying the booking to : 
MCA, 



Martel Gets State Date 

',,' Paul Martel's orchestra, which has 
been a fixture at the Arcadia Ball- 
room, N..Y.J for years, will play its 
first theatre date at Loew's State, 
N. Y., week of Nov. 25. 

David Allen, vocalist recently re- 
leased from the- Army after recover- 
ing from a bad wound suffered in the 
Tunisian campaign, is now with Mar- 
tel. Prior to joining Martel at. the 
Arcana he was with Van Alexander 
at the rival Roseland Ballroom. 



Can. Army Tooters Ask 
Union Pay Scale, So Go 
Into Training As Soldiers 

Toronto, Nov. 2. 

Members of the Royal Canadian 
Artillary brass -band,- strong, 
traded their piccolos, French horns 
and .scarlet dress uniforms for rifles, 
mess kits and khaki service uni- 
forms Saturday (30) - after refusing 
to play at an officer's farewell dinner 
unless they were paid union scale. 
The band is composed of enlisted 
men who retained membership in 
the AFL Toronto Musicians' Protec- 
tive. Association. 

The swap was entirely an involun- 
tary: proposition, as far as the band 
was concerned. . Col. Arnold. Tegu- 
mental commander, ordered the men 
to turn in their dress parade outfits 
and notified them they were, being 
absorbed into the fighting ranks. The 
farewell dinner was in honor of 
Maj.-Gcn. C. F. Constantine, retiring 
as commanding officer, of Military 
District 2. v 

The dispute has been referred to 
Minister of Defense Ralston and 
while Arthur Dpwell, union, secre- 
tary, is burning up the wires to 
Ottawa, the once resplendent- bands- 
men are being routed out 'of their 
bunks shortly after dawn each day 
to struggle through field drills and 
gunnery training. 



What Manpower? 

. ■ 'Philadelphia. 'N(iy'. 2. "; 
-Reflecting the shortage of '-"male 
tooters in Phillv is the current or- 
chestra of the Philadelphia O;iora 
Co. 

. It numbers cloven finis in its 
ranks: three violinists, a viola player, 
a 'cellist, two flutist.-:, an oboe player. 
a_ clarinetist, a bassoonist and a 
French horn player. / 



Dick Stabue WU1 Build 
New Coast Guard Band 

, ick . Stabile, former leader of the 
present Gracie Bairie brcheslra 
iMis; Stabile), has. been shifted from 
a bandleading post at the Coast 
Guard's Manhattan Beach. N. . ., 
training center and is how in com- 
plete charge of all musical activi- 
ties, in the- Third Naval District.' He. 
will! begin work soon on the con- 
struction of a large CG' dance band 
| of 18 men plus an ' undetermined 
I number of fiddles. ,' 
I. Stabile, went into service almost 
a year ago, leaving his orchestra to 
bo . batoned by his wife, who was 
then . vocalist- with the group! His 
new post brings no increase in rank. 
He is a- chief '.pitty. officer ■Band- 
master). 



Stanley Keller Will 

Maestro 'Big' Band 

Stanley Keller, leader of the quar- 
tet in the Raleigh Room at the War- 
wick hotel. N. Y„ is . constructing a 
big band that will make its debut 
some lime next month. It will be 
composed of 15 pieces, plus leader. 

Keller, fornier sax player with 
Carmen Cavailero's .band, which he 
left to head the present piano; sax, 
bass and guitar quartet, has been re- 
hearsing the larger: group for the 
past -week or so. meanwhile continu- 
ing at the Warwick with the Townsr 
men. ■ 



Transcription Cos. 
Sign Many Bands 

"' Transcription companies that have 
settled and signed with the American 
Federatl of Musicians are on the 
prowl for name, bands. During the 
past couple weeks a number of name 
outfits have been . signed. Standard 
Radio has been iparticularly. active, 
acquiring Duke Ellington, Hal Mc- 
Inlyre. Carl Ravazza, Paul Baron, 
Jan Savitt. among others. . Savitt 
drew a : Standard.- contract for 50 
tunes to be done in five sessions. 
Vaughn. Monroe is booked to turn put 
a string for. Langworth along with 
Count Basie. 

World .Broadcasting, affiliated with 
Decca Records, is not touching many 
bands outside the list under contract 
to Decca Records: It has made a 
considerable number of sides the past 
few weeks with' Glen Gray, Jimmy. 
Dorsey, Charlie Barnet, et al , and is 
due. to make more with Woody Her- 
man, Johnny Long, et al. Langworth 
has . taken on Tommy Tucker . and 
several others. '. -'.'. 

F°r some of these bands, which- 
aren't likely to rr\ake more than a 
few pop discs for their . respective 
recording companies, even if the disc 
controversy is eventually settled 
completely, transcriptions will be a 
big help. They will keep the leaders' 
names on the air and their bands 
familiar to a host of radio listeners 
who. otherwise might forget. In ad- 
dition, the salaries for transcribing 
will aid them financially. 



No Matter How Draft 
Blows, Bob Allen Talks 
Of Disbanding His Orcb. 

Cleveland, Nov. 2. 
Bob Allen's orchestra may be dis- 
banded, when It flnishes.a two-week 
run at Frank Dailey's Terrace Room, 
Newark, N. J.. Dec. 10, regardless of 
the outcome of an induction physi- 
cal.. Allen is in 1-A and was to have 
taken a service examination yes- 
terday i Tuesday ) in Cincinnati. How- 
ever, he had the test, transferred to 
N. Y. and scheduled for the first 
week in December and. even if re- 
jected , for service, will break up his 
band, he has been telling friends 
here. 

From reports, the difficulties of 
operating a band- under wartime 
manpower and transportation diffi- 
culties is at ihe bottom of Allen's 
decision to disband. 



LYMAN'S OVERSEAS HOP 
OFF; DRAFT BD. STYMIE 

Abe Lyman's orchestra will not go 
overseas' for the USO, due,' it's 
claimed, by Lyman, to inability to se- 
cure draft board clearance for sev- 
eral of the men he was to take. As 
a result. Lyman' will fulfill the Essex 
House. N. Y., booking set up for .him 
sometime ago and which might have 
been cancelled by the AEF trek. He 
opens there Nov! 19. 

While the projected' trip-has been 
eliminated fTOm the immediate fu- 
ture Lyman asserts it is by. no means 
out entirely. It is quite possible he 
will go af;cr the. first of the year. His 
band is currently at Frank bailey's- 
Terrace Room,.- Newark, N. J. 



Columbia-RCA Victor Reassert 
Rejection of AFM-Decca Terms 



D.C. Theatre Protests 
Basie's Dance Booking 

Howard, Washington, . complained 
to the American Federation of Musi- 
cians last week that Count Basie's 
one-nighter past Sunday (31) at 
Uline's Arena that city . was 
booked and played in violation of a 
clearance clause in the theatres' con- 
tracts. Basie finished, a week's run 
at the Howard , Oct. 7. and Svasri't 
supposed to play anywhere else in 
the Capital for 30 days. There was 
a 24-day interim between the two- [ 
dates. . .- 

Though the Howard's complaint 
was 'filed late last week, prior to ' the 
Uline commitment, time was. loo 
short to prevent Basie frqm- fulfills 
ihg the booking.' No band could bo 
substituted on such short notice! 



Par, Sinatra At Odds 
Over Terms for Chi* 
Circuit Nixes Full S-'lit 

■ Paramount booking office is m'ffed \ 
at Frank Sinatra's adamant stand \ 
against accepting anything but a j 
$15,000. guarantee against 50% of the 
gross from the first dollar, as a re- 
sult of which he will not play a Par 
house on " his forthcoming theatre 
tour. Par agreed to : the amount of 
guarantee, but offered a smaller per- 
centage- for; a week' at the Chicago, 
Chicago,, a 4.000-seat -house which 
can do $80,000 or. thereabouts.. Par 
felt a possible $40,000 cut to the 
singer too high. Booking, had it been 
set, 'would have been for New Year's 
week.. 

■'. When Sinatra first decided on his 
initial out-of-N. Y. p.a.s with a pack- 
age show since becoming a soloist, it- 
was' acreed, it's said! that .Par, Warn- 
ers. RKO and Loew's would each get 
a week's booking if they so wished. 
Loew's evidently declined the terms, 
so Sinatra was<set for two weeks for 
Warners and. one for RKO. 

He opens at the .RKO Boston, 
Boston, Dec. 2, and follows with the 
.Stanley, Pittsburgh, Dec!; 10 and 
Earle, Philadelphia, Dec 17. 

Par has the singer for its N. Y. 
flagship on an old .contract, but he 
will not work it again' until next 
September, it's said. He feels that 
his first two appearances there- were 
too close together. The Par started : 
him off on his solo career, giving. 
Sinatra his- first date after , he left 
Tommy Dorsey 's band. 



Vaughn 



Monroe Takes 
Army Physical Nov. 10 

Vaughn Monroe lakes his Indue- . 
tion physical Nov. 1c. the day his 
b'and finishes its rim at the Commo- 
dore hotel, N. Y. If he's accepted 
for service, he will . Vest the three- 
week interval between the physical 
and reporting for. service. His band 
is already on notice. 

Enric Madriguera'.s orchestra fol- 
lows Monroe at the Commodore, 
opening Nov, \ l. 



John- Wai-rlnirton's WCAU.. Phila- 
delphia, studio ' of chest ra has been ; 
booked - for tlx- Earle. Philadelphia, 
week of Nov. )2. This i.-, ■' Warring- 
ion's first, theatre.' .dale': he. ha-:- 
played numerous one-riighicr.s in the 
Phiily area, however. 



Kenmore, Albany, Again 
To Play Name Bands 

KennioVe hotel, Albany, is resum- 
ing it's former name-band policy 
shini.' -.is'o. outfit .has been bought for 
;h.c '*)•'''• c " 0 ir > but: several arc un- 
< i '■;• cfni.- rtK i'Mion. among them 
Or ' rt-ie Auld's now group. 

K ■.!'.•:. .<>. " hits not used .a big band 
;'(•:- :i)(.r,ir, 1 : it h:.s been gelling along ■ 
"i'ii M~i!ill '.w i combinations. ' 



Chesterfield, Buff. Daily 
Sponsor T. Dorsey Date 

Chesterfield cigarcls arc co-pro- 
moters with the uffalo Evening 
News of a dance lo be run at the 
Buffalo Auditorium, Nov. 22. Tommy 
Dorsey "s orchestra has been bought 
for, the hop, .'.which is on a Monday, 
'nighl, marking the first liriie Dor- 
sey lias failed to . 'do a Coca-Cola 
broadcast on that, night since open- 
ing last month at the Penhsytvania 
hotel. N. Y. Freddy 'Martin's band 
will fill in. from' Hollywood. | 
. Chesterfield's' participation ' in the 
Buffalo (laii'.'e is because the affair 
is a ' 'Smoke' Rally.' Receipts will 
be . used to supply overseas troops 
v.'ivli :<m6ke.«: 



Columbia Records and RCA ^Vic- 
tor will never consent to the settle- 
ment agreement obtained by Decca 
Records from the American Federa- 
tion of Musicians calling for direct 
payment to the union; - Despite the 
thought that the companies' meeting 
today (Wednesday) with the special 
War Labor Board panel set up .in 
N.Y. to adjudicate .the dispute indi- 
cates a softening of their attitude, 
they wiil starid by the priginal deci T 
sion. .At; the coijfab with the WLB 
today their case will be laid before 
the panel in an attempt to work out 
some other solution'. 

Decca Moving Ahead 
While Columbia, and RCA-Victor 
refuse the terms Decca accepted, the 
latter company is moving'. -full-speed 
:\hcad. Ii released the Bing Crosby- 
Androws Sisters recording of 'Pistol 
Packin" Mama' and 'Victory Polka' 
on schedule Thursday <28 ) and. it's , 
said the company already has or- 
ders for nvcr 1.000.000. copies. De- 
spite the difficulty of fullilling even 
a part of that backlog, Decca has 
announced two - new releases for 
later this month, 'My Heart- Tells 
Me'-'My Shining Hour' by Glen ■ 
Cray's. orchcstra. and' "Cuddle Up a 
Little Closer'.-'Later Tonight", by 
Kay Armen.' 

■ Since it resumed recording, -Dacca 
has : been cutting '■ material 
steadily. It recorded Jimmy Dorsey 
in California,, making "My First 
Love," 'Besame Mucho- and They're 
Either Tod Young or Too Old' with 
him., among ' others. Those are top 
tunes which will be in heavy de- 
mand in coin machines and on retail 
counters, and since they are all al- 
ready plugged into popularity Decca ■ 
cannot delay too long in releasing 
them. They will further' clog Dec-, 
ca's production efforts. It has also 
scheduled a Bing Crosby recording 
of Til - Be Home for Christmas,' 
which obviously will have to be re-.- 
lcased before the holidays: Some 
material has also been canned by 
Charlie Barnc'.'s orchestra. 

While . Decca rushes through as 
much recording and manufacturing 
as it can handle, Victor last week 
communiqued all ils artists on its 
stand against, the AFM,. explaining 
thai Ihe 'union has remained ada- 
maiit in demands we cannot accept 

. . the union has demanded that 
we pay money directly to them . : . 
we are unwilling to pay either direct 
to a union or to persons not- cm- . 
ployed . . . and -who never have been 
employed by us.' .. 

Taking a slap at Decca for accept- 
ing direct payment terms, the; letter, 
states, 'what complicates situation 
seriously is that one record ' com-' 
party; which was in full accord with 
Victor and other companies on this 
important principle, dating back lo 
earliest conferences with the union, 
has seen fit to abandon, this prin- 
ciple.' 

Victor, and Columbia have been 
openly incensed against DccCa- for 
its deal with the AFM. When Decca 
first asked for permission to with- 
draw from the thrce-pjy front 
against the AFM lo make a separate' 
deal, it's asserted permission was 
granted on condition Decca did not 
agree lo direct payments. 

NAB's Disc Battle Review 
• The National Association of Broad- 
casters Friday (20) issued a special 
10-page bulletin titled Thc.i'Potrillo 
Situation To Date' It corttahW the 
NAB Steering Committee Statement 
of Oct. 23: a report by Neville Miller 
to the broadcasting industry: the 
latest conlrnct signed by four tran- 
su'/piiH! companies (Associated Mil- ' 
sic' j'tibli'shtrs. Lang-Worth Feature '■ 
.Pi-'oKi-am's, Standard Radio and C P. 
MacOrcgor;);. a letter from the '.Iran'-' 
:.Tiptiori people to Petri Ho, • and 
newspaper editorials' on the disc 
fight. --':•' 



Machilo's Rhumha orchciilra is the 
f.ir.-t jaiid ^ivned by Decca .-ince 
..f.t'lin.L; . w.Ui the AFM. CuDil will ; 
hiake • . alb. im of .Latin tunes. , 



Kaye's Sponsor Gives 
Dailey An Open Night 

Request to ' allow Sainmy. Kayo to 
do his Old Gold comWcrcial from 
Frank Dailey's Tc-race . Room, 
Newark. N. J.; . during Kaye's week- 
there later this -.month- was rejected 
by the agency, oh the- account. As a ■ 
result. Dailty is so lur v. 'lhout music 
for Thanksgiving Eve because the- 
original and ' rebr'ondrrisi programs 
will keep Kaye- in N'..Y. all iliaht. 
. Kaye opens at . -Diii'cy's Nov. 19 
for one -wet-k prior -o icaving for 
the Coast M do a' film for UA. Kaye 
nrlsiniiily uook'cri for lliree 
wet ks. bin a. Dec. 1. .starting dale on 
:'r.n /il'Ti cut a to. one. 



52 



VARIETY 



Wednesday, November 3, 1913 





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ROBBINS MUSIC CORPORATION 

—NEW YORK- 
MURRAY BAKER, General Professional Manager 



Wednesday, November 3, 1913 



P / Sriety 



33 




81 ORCHESTRA GROSSES 



Wednesday, November 3, 1913 



»g muui), N. Y.; Ayres 
Pius Andrews Sis Hot 33G, Frisco 



(Estimate's for This HVpI. ) 

Bolt Allen. Cleveland (Palace: 3.- 
70U: . SS-8S.1 —Willi Top Mai) 1 i IM and 
Alan Carney. Marion Hullon. oh 
stage: Torrid $30,000, wilh draw, 
about - evenly divided.. 

Louis Armstrong. Now York 
(Stale: 3.400; 35-S1, 101— Willi •Tup. 
lUuh'.lU). Combination of all-col- 
ored sl'agobill and new Donald 
O'Coimpi film hitting '-very fast pave 
-here, indication...' pointing to possible.] 200 
$40,000. 

Milch / 



an Francisco (.Gold- 




IS 



Pistol packut* mama* 

' MM Attt HIS mPMHS 



beginning October 12 



MILWAUKEE- S.vo.-iidi. 
BOSTON -RKO 
HARTFORD— Slnfe 
PROVIDENCE^Melropo/rici 

FLASH! Just Sifned 
NEW YORK-locw's Stale 
WASHINGTON — Loews Capitol 



^ AL DEXTER 




C'i Gale: : 55-T5 >— Plus 'Petti- 
coat Larceny'. ( RKO i. and Andrews 
Sisters, on slaac; Bin .'$33,000. lop 
now bill in cily. 

Mill BriUon. Louisville (National; 
2.400: 40-0") i— Plus 'Revenue Zom- 
bies' i istono i and Bonnie ■■Baker,. 
C'arr ros'.. on singe.. Healthy $15.- 
(100. stage layout being responsible 
for biz. 

Al Dexler, Chicago (Oriental: 3.- 
31-G9)— WKh. "Holmes' Faces 
Dealli' (Ui. . angnp $24,000. .with 
Dexter name drawing. 

Duke Ellington, New York tCap- 
iiol: 4.820: 35-$L10)— Willi Lena 
jine. .in person, and 'Phantom of 
Opera' .(U>. In .third sock week, 
looking $70,000 or close, with "the 
Ellinglun-Hornc pull counliny heav- 
ily in support 6( picture. 
Glen Gray, Philadelphia lEarle: 
iG3; 35-75 >— Making unspectacular 
showing with only $17,500 in 'I ill. 
Film .attraction -Young Ideas' iM-G'. 
belter-than-avcrage for house. 
Erskine Hawkins, Los Angeles 
fdrphcum; 2.200: V10-G5 )— Willi 'The 
Mantrap' (Rep). Hawkins well 
known here and is pleasing with sol- 
id $21,000. unassisted by film. 

Woody Herman. Washington . (Cap- 
iloi: 3:434; 30-751— With 'Dr. Gilles- 
pie's Criminal Case' (M-Gl. Neat 
$26,000 largely on band's appeal, ^ 
Sammy Kaye, New York (Strand; 
;56; 35-$I.10)— With Thank Lucky 
Stars' (WB). Down to $31,000 for 
Anal (5th) week but okay enough. 
On run very profitable take scored. 

Johnny .Lone, Newark. (Adams; 1.- 
950: 35-99J— With 'Petticoat Larceny' 
(RKO) and stage show. Building to 
stout $18,500 on band draw. 

Ovde Lucas, Boston (RKO Bos- 
ton; 3,200; 44-99 )--Plus Lew Hoff- 
man; Low, Hite& Stanley. Merry 
Macs, on stage, and .'Fallen Sparrow' 
(RKO). Drawing despite generally 
off biz; okay at $20,000. Film is rated 
a factor. 

Tony Pastor, New York' (Para- 
mount; 3,684; 35-S1.10)— With Ink 
Spots, others, and 'True to Life' 
(Par). ■ Wound up third semester 
last night (Tuesday) at strong $50,- 
000 and . holds another. 

Tommy Tucker, New York (Roxy; 
5,886; 55-S1.10)— With . Danny Kaye, 
Beatrice Kay, others, in person, and 
'Sweet Rosie . O'Grady'; (20lh). Be- 
gins third week today (Wednesday 1 
after coming through on second last 
night (Tuesday) at a terrific $117,- 
000; Due to Army induction details 
Kaye was out of show last Saturday, 
Sunday and Monday. 



Van Alexander Playing 
Dates Outside Philly Spot 

Van Alexander will resume oile- 
ngine;- and half-week bookings 
with his band, meanwhile retaining 
his 'new posl as m.c. and pit con- 
[luclor al Warners' Allegheny llie- 
■alre. Pill-burgh. Alexander has 
been booked at 'the And., Springfield, 
Mass!, jhis .Sunday -(7 1 and has other 
bookingN. completed. 

Alexander work's at the. Allegheny, 
which slai'li' a now vaudfilm policy 
reconily. from 'Thursday to Saturday 
only. 



INA RAY PLAYS TAG 
WITH MARRIAGE TALK 

••. Nov. 2. 
Ina Ray Mutton married. Louis 
Paul Parisotlo. sax-playing assistant 
director -of. her. male orchestra: last 
Tuesday i2«t. at Marion. Ark. Or— — 
Ina Ray Hullon. did .NOT marry, any- 
one "laal week. Take your choice, . 

The. .self-styled- 'Blonde Bombshell 
of Rhythm' emphatically denied the 
marriage report when questioned 
backstage at the Malco theatre dur- 
ing a shori engagement there. But. 

The Counly Court Clerk' at Marion, 
Ark., said he recognized Miss Hutton 
when he issued a .marriage license to 
Parisotlo,. who is -27 and hails from 
Oglcsby. 111. He said the bride's 
name was' given as 'Dess Romay 
Cowan. 27. of Chicago' but that he 
spoiled La 'Hullon right off. The 
Rev. L, Cv Pedtord, who performed 
the ceremony, also vouched for the 
fact (hat Miss 'Hutton was. the bride 
A bit of research in Chicago by the 
local press - revealed lhal the Hullon 
birth certificate gives her real name 
as 'Odessa Cowan.' 

And I he backstage crew at the 
Malco reported both Miss Hutton and 
Parisotlo receiving congratulations 
until the newspapers began- to. make 
inquiries. Then Miss Hullon, 'who 
had previously iven the papers an 
interview saying she was too busy 
for marriage, came through wilh her 
denial to the . United Press. 'Take an- 
other look at the license." she said. 
They've got me confused with some-; 
one else.' 



Bands at Hotel B. O.'s 

(Presented herewith, as a weekly fobiilnlion, is the -estimated corer 
charge 'business being done by.7icn>i» bends in various New York' hotels. 
Dinner business (7-10 p.m.) not rated. Figures after name of hotel give 
room capacity and cover charge. Larger Amount designates weekend and 
holiday price. Compilation's based on period from Monday to Saturday.) 

<'«vrr» Tolnl 



llunil llillrl 

Ray Healhcrton, .Biltmore (400; $1-$1.50) . ..... . 

Lani Mclnlire*. , .Lexington (300; 75c-$1.50i 

Benny Goodman. New Yorker (400; $1-$1.00)., . 
Tommy Dorsey, . .Pennsylvania (500: $1-$1.50) . . 

Leo Rcisnian . . ... . Waldorf (550; . $1 -$2 ) '.;..'... 

Tony Pastor . ..... Lincoln (275; $1-$1.50) . . 

Guy Loinbardo " '. ..Roosevelt (400; $1-$1.50) . . . ... 

Vaughn Monroe , Cbnunodore (400; $1-$1.50) . , . 



Wwhi I'iml Ciivitd 

PJiiyeU Wiipk. On Hula' 

.'20 1,300 28,925 

. 90 . 2,200 lUI.2r.O 

. 3 2;075 9.000 

. 4 3,600 13,200 

. 4 3,073 13.100 

. 2 1,025 2.450 

. 4 .2,325 10.325'- 

, 4 2,000 9.425 



'.Asterisk*: ''icdte- -a -.supporting floor show. New Yorker and Biltmore 
have ice shoies. Waldorf has Frank Sinai rq and Vqlkoff and Milada. 

Chicago 

'ritr Williams (Empire. Room, aimer House; 750: $3-$3.50 mih:'i. Wil- 
liams hit an all-time record for room wilh amazing 10,100. 

Arl Kasscl (New Walnut Room, Bismarck .hold; 465; $1.50-$2.50 inin.), 
Kassel hit a very good 6.000 loinl, 

Jerry. Wald (Paiither Room. Sherman hotel; 950;. $1.50-$2.50 
creased patronage figure 1o 5,800. - 

Eddie Oliver (Marine Room, Edgewater Beach hotel; 1,100; 50c. and 75e, 
cover charge plus $1.25 niin ). Oliver look a jump to 8,000 tabs; flne.y 

Neil Bondshu (Mayfair Room, Blackstone hotel; 400; $2.50 minX Combi- 
nation of Bondshu, Georgie Tapps and Marina keeping figure around ex- 
cellent 3.600. ' 

Los Angeles 

reddy Martin (Ambassador: . ; $1-$1.50). Plenty of activity, and II i is 
spot getting its share for a bristling count of 4.350 covers last week. 

Frankle Masiem (Biltmore; .900; $1-$1.50). Took a deep Cut, into the 
spender's holiday for a nice lift to 4.200 labs. 

Location Jobs, Not in Hotels 

.• (Los Angetex) 

Les. rown (Palladium B, Hollywood, second week). He'll do it iip 
brow.'n w ith a strong 26,500 admishes. Band, very popular here, ■ . 

Bob Chester (Triaiion. B. Soulhgate, ; litlh \veck).' Getting holler 
heading for 7.300 payees this week, 

Alvlno Rey (Casa Manana B, Culver ily, ninth week). Okay at 3,800 
on three-night weekend shift. 

(Cli'cafjo) 

Lou Brcese (Chez Pa ree; 650; $3-$3.50 min'.). 
keeping 1 Brecse-Gerlrude Niesen figure at 5,800. • 

Carl' Ravazza (Blaekhawk: , 500: $l-$2.50 min,). Gold rush biz upped 
patronage here to excellent 6,000. 




Cootie Williams 4-F 

Cootie Williams was given a 4-F 
classification following an induction 
physical in N. Y. last Wednesday 
(27). An old car operation turned 
him down. 

Williams' band" is currently at the 
Savoy Ballroom, N. Y., which he 
opened recently after the spot had 
been closed six months. 



Al Donahue, Nov.. 8, City Aud.. 
Macon, Ga.: 9. Jewish Progressive 
Club. Atlanta. Ga.; ll-Dec. 15, 
Roosevell hotel, New Orleans; Dec. 
17-23. Si. Charles theatre. New 
Orleans. 

Duke Ellington. Nov. 17. Kinsmen 
Club. Kingston. Out., Can.; 18-24. 
Club Kingsway. Toronto: 25, Arena, 
London. Out.. Can.; 26. And., kitch- 
ener. Out.; 29, Aud. . Cleveland: Dec. 
3, Lord Baltimore hotel, Baltimore; 

6, Uline's Arena. Washington, D. C; 

7. Alcazar. Baltimore; 8, Palomar 
Ballroom. Norfolk. Va.: 11, Carnegie 
Hall. New York. 

Earl Hlnes, Nov. 30. Music Hall, 
Cincinnati; Dec. 1. Public Hall. 
Cleveland: Dec. 3. week, Howard 
theatre* Washington, D. C. 



10 Best Sellers on Coin-Machines 

(Records bcloic are grabbing niosl nickels Ihis tceel.' in jukeboxes 
(hroiiglioid (he conn try as reported by operators to 'Variety.* anies of 
more than. one band or vocalist after the title indicates, 't» order of popu- 
larly, -icliose recordiiigs nre being played. Figures .and names in paren- 
thesis indicate the number of, weeks each song has .been in the -listings 
and respective publishers.) 



TOTEM POLE RETURNING 
TO TRAVELING BANDS 

Totem Pole Ballroom, Auburndale, 
Mass,, is making a start back toward 
the use of traveling '.bands, after 
months of local talent on a week- 
end ba^sis. Bob Astor's. orchestra, 
Which finished run at Peiliam Heath 
Inn, N, Y„ Sunday (31), is booked 
for two consecutive weekends — Nov. 
12-13 and 19-20. 

Totem Pole was once an impor- 
tant location and. one-nighter slop- 
over for the biggest b.o. bands avail- 
able. Since Pearl Harbor and the 
resultant pinch on transportation, 
however, its remoteness (12 niiles 
from Boston) has caused it to rely 
chiefly on- lower b.o. level outfits. 



1. Sun 



•. Always (11) (Mayfair). 



2. Pistol Packin- Mania (13) (Morris i. . . ... . 

3. Peop4e Will Say (6i (Crawford)........ 

4. Paper Doll . (21 1 (Marksi .. ........ 

5. Put Arms round Me (11) (Broadway V. 

6. Oh .Beautiful Morning (3 1 (Crawf.or i. 

7. Blue ^Evening (16) (Shapiro i . . . ;. 

i - 

8. You'll Never Know (20 > ( 

9. If You Please (1 1 (Famous i 



10.' 



' Bing Crosby 

( Frank Sinatra .. . . 

\ Al Dexter ......'. 

j Crosby-Andrews . 

( Bing Crosby 

( Frank Sinair 

. .Mills Bros 

S Dick Kuhn 
| Dick Haymes . . . 
( Bing Crosby . ... 
'( Frank Sinatra . . . 
. .Sinalra-T. Dorsey 

( Dick Haymes 
' ) Frank Sinalia. ... 
(Bing Crosby .Decca 
(Frank Sinatra ....Columbia 
..Perry Comb ... .Victor 



. . .; Decca 
.Columbia 
. . . . .OUeh 
...Decca 
. ..Decca 
.Columbia 
. . . .DeXca 
. . . .Decca 
Decca 
.... Decca 
.Columbia 
. . .Victor 



, . . . Decca 
Columbia 



OTHER 'FAVORITES 

(These records are directly "belbic "first 10 in 



I. Never. Mention Your Name (Berlin). ... 
Dig Down Deep . ("4 i (Yankee) ....... . . 

Heard You Cried (8' (CPp. . . . . . . 

In My Arms (14 i- '( Saunders i , . . 

Victory Polka (Chappcil) .. .'.' 

Slip of Lip. 

Blue Rain (Melrose ) '..... ' . . 



. . .Dick Haymes ..... ... .Decca 

. .Tommy Dorsey . , . : . .Victor 
....Harry Jarnes .....Columbia 

.•'. .Dick Haymes . .Decca 

. . . .Crosby-Andrews ..... Decca 

. . . .Duke 'Ellington .Victor 

....Glenn Miller ...Victor 



Brenner Promoting Dances 

Paul Brenner, WAAT, Jersey City, 
record jockey, is trying to line up 
bands currently for a series of dance 
promotions he will run at the 
Crystal Palace, N. Y. He will oper- 
ate under the title of 'Paul Brenner's 
Saturday Night Dance Club.' 

Dick Gilbert, WHN, N. Y„ was the 
first disc jockey to become an out- 
right promoter of dances. He was iri 
partnership last year with the opera- 
tor of a dancery in N. Y. 



Bobby Doyle, Pittsburgh singer, 
joining George Olsen as featured 
vocalist, Doyle's been With Marly 
Irwin band at Pen'n-McKee hotel; 
McKecsporl, for several months. 



// You'rr Important to 

Thv ^f'.mir Business 

Tl\E-DE\ 

/.1 lm port tut t to ) on ' 



JAN RUBINI 

World Fnmous 
VIOLINIST A NO CONDUCTOR 
Now Entertaining 

"OUR FIGHTING MEN" 

In South Paeifio 'Area 



PAVANNE 



MILLS MUSIC. INC. 



E ARE PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE 




lifts Iwcoine associated wilh us as a 
Gcnero.1 . Parlncr 

Mutual Music Society, line. 
1270 Sixth Ave., (V. T. C. 

P.S.— We'll be seeing you wilh "ABSENT-MINDED" 
. . . our No. 1 plug! 



Wednesday, November .3, 1943 



NBC, CBS, Blue, Mutual Plugs 

FuHowlno Hst of the most plni/ed pppiilnr 'tunes oil the rietiborks fat 
ilic 'iceck beginning Monday and through Sunday, Oct. . 25-31, from 5 
,,.m. to 1 «•>"., is . divided lYito.lu'o.sectidlis. The -first section represents the 
first (ipprb.vii.iiotelj/ 25 leaders in alphabetical order (t'n some cases there 
«rc ties; 'flccou|itt?io far a longer list), and .the second section contains 
• i/ic 'also rails,'! but 7ip.iated .tii orit/inieticnl order. ., The compilations ent- 
ire 'the NBC: CBS, Blue and Mutual Networks, as represented' by 
WE'AFJ WABC; yt'lZ and WOli. N. Y., and are based on data provided by 
■ Accurate Reporting Seruice, -regular; checking' source of the inusic. piib- 
.lishiny industry. . '-. ''."■.:■*. './; .,- ; ''• ; ;.;'.';.; "... . 

As detailed, the first 25 ' - alphabetical order is .a trade move to curb 
: «r.ti.(icinl stimulation of plugs: via the 'piiVQla; i,e., bribery or other: gratui- 
ties. It's, thus figured the competition trill be healthier and cleaner. 



PSkiety 



MUSIC 33 



The. annual meeting of tl)e : mem- 
bers of. the Music. Publishers Pro- 
tective" Associalif>iV. will be held -at 
the Aslor hotel, >iuv. 16. ■ ' 
■ The president. Lester '.Santly; will 
make his report and there will be 
an election of dinelurs. 




,.-' TITLE •; 
osame. Mueho ,-. .-. ..... ...:.'.. ... .'. . ; . . .... . 

Do Nothing Till . Ypu ; Hear rpm Me : . . . ;i . 

. Do You Know ....... ::■:. ..:.:....: ;'.'y-.-.-; . . 

For; first, imp . . .'. ; .; .'..-.'". .'.-■. .-'. -,.'-.-■'. . '.!;.. ..-.-: 

How Sweet You re— v'Thajik Ltick'y • ' • '-... .' 

Dug a bifch-^v'ThPusitnds Cheer- .. . . -.' .„ ".; 
If You Please— i" ..'' . .,.:.:.... .;.:.:. .:.-'. :. ;.;■ 
; I've: ilad TKis Feeling Before— 'vSlioxv us-incss; . ; : 

Little Did I Know . •. — ,'. .' — . ; ,;,'. .,.-.' 

Mv- Ifearl Tells- Me^ . •■ ' ..... ...... . : 

My Ideal ; ' .; .. : ... : . .... .: ../'. ...L :.; ..• ;..;.' .... ... ... 

Sly Shinnig HoitiPr-.t.'Sky's- the. Limit'. -.'; . . . .;.:;'.;..:. 

.No Love No Nothh.i.'— i'Q'aiig's.Al) Here' , . ... 

Oh. What a Beautiful Morning— ♦'Oklahoma' 

•Paper DoU .. . '. ..!.:....,. . 

' People Wil) Say .We're In Lovp— ""Oklahoma' . . '. . . : . :. 
Pistol Packin' Mama ... :.-... .'. . ... .' : ; . .-. , 

Pot Your Arms Ar.ountl' Mer-t 'Cohp'y Island'.. 

Say a Piaycr for Boys Over There— VHe'rs to liojd'. . . 

Siioo . Shoo- Baby . ........ . .'. . . . . 

Slar-.l ; ^csTr ; i-'I Dobd It' ; . . .-, .-.'; 

Sunday, Monday or ' Ahvaysr-rDixic' >. . . ... . . ; ! 

Siii:ri ; y With- fringe 'on Top-^^-Ciklalionia; . . .;. . . 
The' Drcanicr^i Tha.rtk Lucky Stars' :.. /. . .'.": v '.\ 
They're 'Kiiher Tod 'YoungvTop: Old^; 'Lucky Siafs'..:. 



MOST PLAYED 



THE FIRST 2.5 



Iii'/.i. I'lfMvdly Liltlo H,arbor •. y. . . J . 

] lli : ;ir(i Y'ou' t'ried Last-Ni«hl \ : . . : . ........ . . . : 

■TJiaiik .Your Lucky Stars— vThaiik Liick'y Star.-'. 

Titi iV's a Mail In My ' *~*;Early- t(i Bi'ci : . . 

Yicio.iy Polka. . v 1; .-..'. ... ........ . .'. . .-. 

Iii My Arms . . . . . ...... . . . , . .". : , 

Laicr T6nU;ht^' > 'W.ihlet'tini.c' : . . . . . . . . . .... . 

By the: Hiver of. .'. .-.-V;-. '. . 

.•Close io You .: . . ...„ : . : v... ■. : . 

Dnii'l Boliovc' Eycrythin.i;. ream— ■ ". • 

My First Love; .;. ..... ^. . 

. Whrn They Ask Aboiu You . '. ... . . . . . . . 

" Vuu Better Give Me Lots of 'Lo'vin' •. . ;!...•. v. ! . 

All Or. N'otlhng. at.Allv! .V... . 

•Blue Rail) ;. '. . ...... . . . . ;.;, ... . . . ° . 

•Bhie Skies .. . . ; , . . ... ... I , ; .;. . . . ... .-. 

Take i( Easy— i '2 Sisl'ers and'' a S;ti'oi" \ . 

Ca.ii(lle'ii«hl ,ind-- Wiiic— :'Aroiind ^ln>- World'. :.. 

Holiday t-'or Strings . ... . . . ... . . ••.. . . ■ .. . . . . . .'. .•':.. . 

In pur Little Heli.ocbolet ........ . . . , .... 

If ThaCsMhe Way You' Want It Baby, . . . . , ;.-. . . . . 

I'm- idin'.'Fpr a\Fall— v'Thank Your Liicky Sta's* 

Manhattan Serenade'. .-. ..: ... . 

One For My Baby— v'Sky's the Limit' .. . .' 

Things, That ,M.ean .So Mucli ; . . . . .•.■. . ..'.', . ... . 

Tbis Side of Jlehveii . ..... . . ;'...' . 

AVliat Do .You Do lit tlic i Jtihintryy ..;...:.,..■..'. 

S|:fak Low .. . ,, .' : .... .: .. . . . 

. '• Leflit 



PUBLISHER; 

. , . . . .Mclodylane 

. .Robbins . . ■ 

. . . '. . .Rcis. ' '. ; ,' ; 

. .v/S'»apirb 
. , . : . .Remicjf- 
.......Feist 

. . . -Famous " ■ 
. . . . .Saiilly 

: . .Lincoln .. "'.' .. ;'; 

Bregman 
... . . .Paramount • • 

. . , '..iMori'i.s. • . 
.'.': . .TriaiiRle 
.Crawford' 
■■'.■.•'.Marks! . ",'.'"-■ 
■ : . :Crawt6i'd ■ ' 

.. ■. . -M orris . 
■.;'.'..' .! .Broadway 

. .Southch) •. 
.V; . ;Lcc(ls: ; 
;,■■.'. ivFrisl- ;'' -'. ; .. 
..!.. .May fair, 

. .;;■'.' X'rawford . 
•.':•'.;". "J larmjs 
,';■'; : .!Wi.lmarlc; ;.'';; 

SONGS 

.;. /f'ah'ipbell 
......Campbell 

v. .. .Hemick 

. •. Advance 
; . . . .Chappcll ■ 

. . .Saunders ; 
. '.' RobtHiis 
. .Shapiro' 
Barloii. 
'.v. .vRobbijis ■ ' > 
. ;„ .Dprsoy ■ 

. . Berlin 
. . . . .Ci'a'wfpr 

. ... .-.Leeds 

Metros ." , 

Berlin: -. ; 
. ■ ; ,'Santly 

Aliller 

. . ': . Brc;iman 
. . . .S'antly 
.;... Berlin . 

.. .Rcmick- • 
. .:..Hobbins 
..;.., -Morris 



Cut Paper Use 5% 

■ ,Men\bers of: : ' ''• Mu'sic\ Publishers 
Proteetiyb ■ .-sdciafiTin were ' .. in-: 
formed in a cirriilar lrlter.from Wal- 
ler G. Douglas. \ vh;iir.m'aii of : .the 
MPPA board. ■■ thai .•■heel music and 
ori'heslration primers have, been or- 
dered by the :.War. Production Board, 
lei reduce their use of paper by 5'^. 
for the rc-maii.nif r oi '. .lIH-il. ';:.[. ■ 
. The order dot's noi iinicl the use 
of paper, siiii.yhoo . 



NAB PASSES MWC 



'aihjlc of World War II to Uovcipp anoliiri- smash war song to rank; 
Willi .'Over There'. is not purely an American .phenomenoiu England.- \vMch 
turned out' 'Tipporary.' 'Keep the Ilcime. Fires Bi'irninK" and other, successes 
(iurinj<:the last war. is experiencing the same thing With troops, the public 
and .publishers' ^ alike still wondering when', if ever, the song of this war 
v; ill appear. ■ Ernest Bells, iii a "feature >lory for. the London Daily Ex- 
press.- recently raised the tiiiesliori and, spea ing for England, explained 
that from the fust this has , hot ;been a war to siiig about, at least nbi on a 
■cliccrfurpilch.. 

The article listed 'There'll Always Be An "ngland. - 'Berkeley Square" 
tind 'I'll Walk Beside You' high on a list of song's bc*in;,' hummed; whistled 
ami sung by Britishers in- the ai med, forces with" the American stocks'; 
'She'll 6c Cpmin' Round the Maunlain' and 'Roll Out (he; Barrel' riot far 
behind, 'Cpmin' In o)i a Wing and a Prayer' also made the list along with 
the German 'favorite, 'Lily'Marlcne.' which came Ihrouuh Allied lines with 
Kazi prisoners uik.cri in North Africa and was picked up by our. troops. 
John Sleinbeck explained that, despite - ils origin..' ■Mtirli-nc" caught' on 
because of -a sprighlly tun aiid eifdlcss oppiirliinitics for '-bawdy parodies 
in any language. j ; ' •' 



". International Music- -Corp., subsidiary of Soiillu-iii Music, has 
a .luiie titled. 'Pistol PackhV -P.apii! sjiice- IH.'IL when it .was . copy rinhte'd. 
Written by Jimrhie RPdgers an<l Waldo O'Neal, the melody has- never ! 
;berii exploited as a pop. because of ils slightly blue lyric, . . > 

Al Dex(er, writer of 'Pistol .Pai.kin' Mama." who is .now on Mheatrd ; 
loin- because pf : the success of his t'iiiie,- is al.s. said to have-a 'Papa; s tiel. ■ 



The death of Ben Benvie pointed up the unusual, long-staiidinfr friend- ) 
ifhip 'btlween Mrs;. RoS i Chubby ) Bernie; since; 'remarried... aiid . Dorothy ; j 
Wcstlcy . (Wcs) BerniV. the ole niaestro's: sec'on wire.' Both .(lanked. P.vl. i 
JasoiV Bernie,-only . son by the .first Mrs. ' ■', at Ihc funeral services in I 
^ew Y'ork and Hollywood.' I 



London, . . 2. 
': Published reporls that .purchase p;-, 
the; Lawrence- Wright Music Publish- j 
ing Co., of London, wps being negp-: 
liatecl by Reg Connelly , have been 
denied- here by. Walter Morris. ;.di- 
icclor of the publishing fir ; ;. ".'' 

.Wright has stated ho sale of the 
Wright compaiiy had:- been 'cofcr- 
tained anywhere at any time." 



•Ojrilen .Nash' was admitted'; a 
V.i le 'r->rhqmbcr of ASCA.P last w.eck. 



'Army' Pluggers Due 
For Disbanding Soon 

rniy mergeiicy Relief Detach- 
ment. Iitriiierly kiiowp as '.This Is. the;. 
Arniy, Inc.' expects to be disbanded 
within the: nest.couple. weeks and its.; 
nicrDbcjs se.n: into .regular Ai:niy: 
duties. Whiii known by ils original 
!ti'Je.-rhc,gn>up. toii.-isting mostly of! 
ex-viing pluggers : headed- by Lt. 
Waller Schuniannl . concerned : itself ; 
wlfh ipu.ihlng the tuiies' fro'm 'This. Is 
the ' Army" /n the same, manner; as . 
civie pjuufcers v. 6rk. , , 

n ' rii.yS' -iiill were Gpiie Good- ' 
livan. . airy Sv-ntly. uddy Robbins. i 



'. •' . . '.'AVtv-hiifgiHii.: '.'.. ; 

' JCAB hiis pa>st d oh 4o Its ivieniljer- 
.ship the; list, (if .siii-.as i i comnielidcd 
for. Iji'iiiidcailiiig by Oscar liamme.r- 
Viieiti, ■ '2nd'. cliaji |Ti<:n of the Aincriv 
can Thei\li'e! "Win'sr AIii>ic War Cnm- 
millee. ccoiiinii iKic-d s nigs arc: ; 

.. l'ublishcd . : • . .>■ 

'/Anchors ; iti the . S„ky - ; by ■ ' John 
Lalouehe and PeKir Dc' Ros , pilb- 
lisiied bv Robbins. 

Best of All — y! ;AI)i Wrubel, 
published by Irving erlin. • 

. 'Gee Isn't It Great to Be An" 
American —by . Boh and Gale Slier-" 
wood, pilblishc-d by ob Miller. ■ 

'I Spoke to Jelferson iit Guadal- 
canal'— by I ly /.arel aiul Lnii Sin 
published by Leeds: 

ILcM'lS Keep It That:. Way'reby Mil- 
ton .' crle and ■ Ervjij. b, akc> pub- 
lished by Chiippell. 

', ; . Wind a-ljlowin'— by .:Elje 
Sci/'mc'istoi; aiid Lany-ton Uiighcs. 
published by Miiscite, 
'•'..'''One Dowii and Two More' to Go" — 
by' Ray . 1 lender-s'oh and Le!w . rown. . 
published by A B C Miisic! , ' : 

'That DcmocraUc Feeling' — by 
Buck Ram. published- by .Noble. 

"ThC : Flight! of the Bomber 13-17— . 
by Al i-Io'ffni.a'n and .Ferry Liyiiigslon. 
publi. hcd .by Southern Mu.-ic. . • ■ •.' 

The Messaio Clot Thhiiigh'- . By 
-Milton Drake, and Fred Jay. pub- 
lished by Feist; 

'Unco.ndilional 'Siirrinder' . — ; by 
Redd E\ai)s and -John Jacob Loeb.. 
piihlished by annnis. Music Corp. 

■ 'Take 'Er. . -.yn'— by Vic Mizzy 
and: Irving .- 'aylijr, published by 
Sanlly-.Toy, . "'' • - . • . 

"We Are Americans T-Vi' by Andy; 
Raz.-vf! Euliie Blake and. Chas... Cooke, 
published by llandv Wis. 
. '■.West- of Tomorrow' "nhe Subma- 
rine Song !— by ob' Souv and Henry 
'Manr.ers. published by Feist. 

'Yankee Doodle. iit't Doodlin' 
Now' — by Pearl Fein, piiblislied by 
Irving Berli ., Iiic. 

L"n|>\ili.lisheil 
'a by Wiilcb" For Me'—uy • Harry 
Lenk and Evclyn'c Love Cooper.- ' 

"Dirty Oyc'ralb — by 'oody! Clulh- 
ric & Earl Robinson. ' 

.'Freedom Train'— : . -Scig- 

incisler. - . 

. 'Have You Written .Him. Today'— 
by- Eddie de. Li.uige. and Ruih C'lcary. 

•Hullabaloo- a-Ii;ii'--.by. .Bob Riis- 
.-ell. Hy: Zaret • Charley Hatha-, 
way.' '...■>: 

'i In Businc.-s'i Since 1776— by r- 
vin Drake and Carl Kent: . 
\,;is. Yoin' ' ail Siw>\\ Ing' . ." Milton, 
'• rake.' "' .'.: . ; ' ■'• : .. 

- 'On llill< of : Freedom'— by Hiigo 
Fl'ey and Elsie. Jean. 

'One Moye Mil( '--bv Cii'arley. - 
away and' Bob Russfll. : ' 

■ 'Porterhouse Lucy.'--. , ail Robinson 
aiuf Al Hayes... • 

. ! Sonu of ihe Free Men - - by Fail 
Robinson.'- ' Milliard. L.-iiiipell. . 
■ 'Song . Midi id Corps' •■ by 

C a-p' t a i n'. ictor Lief and Will 
Schwaiiz. ■';' : " . ': ''■}■'■? ■ ' 

'The ; . ■ ■ .v/t' Feeling Very 
WeH'- bii Milton - Drake: , 

'The ; Man I of Ti>:nor: ow'- by Bcr- 
nie : Bicrmiu). Jack: Mam:.« liijd. Mil-, 
toil ■:■ Shi. ■;■!■"■ . ; "■•' " .■■'.':.--.' 

'The l"n lf(' S:al(- . : 
by ;AT(ic Wrubel. / 
. 'fh(;y. ('aii'f Dei.' :Vby ; 
Milfoii! :.:;d--Ki\I:i Drakei .. 
' 'Voice . of / the l."ij(ierLToihi(i'— by 
Floreni e Tarr aii(- Fay ..Foster. . 

:\V':'i;e .Mf liloi;" All 0 - : . Memories' 
— by .MilVo'i D; a'rji . Leriore. CJIasncr 
aiid AI Kaiif:::! !-.... . 

'Yii.i'ie a I.ii'ky I.itlle Fe'.low'— ; 
by Bh-iK.'-c (/ f;(i;i.f< 'pi;M;;ick. 



15 Best Song Sellers 

iVV'ce/c ndino Oct. SOi 
iiper Doll. . . ; . .. .•. , .' : . . . .Marks ' 

Pistol Packing Mariia./. .-May fair 
SiU>„. Moil. • Always. ;M,iyfair! 
Either. Too Yi>i.ni'g ; .. : ;■ , . Witm'ark 
People Will ay . .' .' . .Crawford 
Say a Prayer. . . , . ;. .Southern 
Put YPnr'.Ar'nis. lioiicy. ..... 'way . 

.Beautiful - Morning: . : . ..Cr-awfurd ': 
Victory .'Pplka' . •,'. •. .!: . . . Chap'pell : 
t Heard You .Cried. ..... ... . . .CP " 

I ii . My i'iiis ... ..... . ";..; .':. . an n< li-rs 

Head ;in the : Clouds, ... . Ai irfy 

If You Please . . . ; . . . ; . . Ftimous 
Yeifi'l Ncvei- Know, . . . ; . . . HVC ' 
My Heart Tells: Me! ,, . .'. . iBVC' 
: lazllian ;~ . ■■ 
aiuilrp:' : • . ...'' : '.- 

Ten- best sellers; compiled from, 
sales of records, and -sheet music . 
for the month ot':Sei.)tcmt>cr: 
Always. l>i My ■ HcarL-Culiiin- 
Jingle ; Jangle. . . . ; I . . -..American- 

•Kalamir/.po- . .- , ; '.•■.»/>,.''. inei'icaiv 
Time'Gpes By ...'.,... . American 

White Chl;islmas-; . American , 
Indian 1 Suinnier .'. '. ... .American 

Careful. My Heart , .. .American. 
,Mc and. My, Gal ,, . .; , nicrican. 
Tlco Tico No Fuba . . . . razi.lian. 

■Fasconiieao Waity. ..... raziliau.- 

. . i t: 7; ' ' .. 
. :' ondo:.),. Oct. 6. '.. 

I Silvei;' Win. .'. .'.Dash 

.Whig and Piiiyei: ; . '. . ... ; . F-D-H ! 

You'll Never .Know; . . .Chappcll. 
Blue oi Evenin .C.C: 
It You Please.-. ;'...... .Victoria 

Johnny Zero... ."■'. ;C.C. 

In My Anns. . . . ; .'.'..'. . .-.Feldman : 

All Our Tomorrows.;. . .'.-.v. .C:C. 
A Fool With Dream . .-, .'.'.Keith 

. Rhyme.- Everything . Wood 
Aims Around Mc ; . . . ,'.F-D-H 
Whispering Grass. ! . . ... . v . .C.C. 



♦ ' ;.-" ' . ". ; WashingtPh:' v 
:| Newly ; formed ;NAB Music Cohir 
I 'm it Ice plans an imniediate -. "'■ . ;-of 
I ASCAP audit's of radio station!;- rind 
of ii proper inlerpretatiph ;of .. 
ASCAP cpritraets! with .'slaliws: ; ; . 

'Many stations .which have, 
cenlly been audited by ASCAP. an-, 
iipiii'iced NABi -have written .X 
regarding demands iiiadc by. ASCAP 
as . a i esjUt of '.the audits, Wc ; . be- 
lieve that, rather than '.have' ; each .'Ma-' 
tio!n argiic these Claims with ASCAP.- 
a real ..'sendee; cpuld be rendered 
!. b'p'th to the industry and to- ASCAP 
,by a. meeting' of the Music Q<>inm; 
lee with .ASCAP whereby, the >;ib- 
J-ect could be haiidlbd: oii .an .indifs- 
(ry-wide . basis; ..' ASCAP has ■.'indi- 
> caled an interest'ih mcelin ' ..i 
\ ctimmrttee.-' • 

} Music Corpmitlec will also go imp. 
' the Pc'.lrillo case: aiid will slOd.V the 
j entire field of music" with a view of 
j assuring proadcasting of. an uiiiiitei;- 
j rupled flow over the coming years. . 
j lis- first sessipri will be ; held: iii New 
York. Dec. 1-2.- 

''Committee, according ttt N'AB. will 
iipt Overlap: and dupiitale the Syoili 
of such . .existing bodies ;of N'AB as 
the Program Managers Comm'iifre or 
the : .Advisory VComniiltce- on . the 
Recordiiig Bah. >' 
— Members of the .Music! Commit (c-e; 
chairman, ' Campbell, Arrioiix. WTAR. 
Noi-rolk, Va.; James P. Bcgle\\ KYW, 
.Philadelphia; Arthur Church. KMBC, 
Kansas City; Robert Enoch; KTOK, • 
Oklahoma ' City,, Okla.:: C. W: Myers. 
KALE. Portland, Ore.: EJIiott Sanger, 
WQXR, New York;'Fi'ank-.R': Smith, 
Jr,,.WWSW, Pittsburgh: John Wahl- 
stedt, WHB, Kansas: City; Warren 
Williamson, WKBN. YoungsloWii. O.-y 
Thomas Belviso. NBC, New Tprk; 
and ..Frank; White,. CBC, New York, ;" 



Pluggers Squawk At 
Lawyers' 10% Fee On 
Claims Vs. Goldman 

.:■ Contact men'-, formerly connected 
with the defunct; Walton: Goldman 
inusic. publishing firm are lathered- 
over, the request of Irving Brodsky.. 
attorney for ' the Contact Men's 
Unioii. ■ for. 10^ .'of the money! col- 
lected for them as" fee .for the 
work- lie did. All .of the. nieii: involved 
paid ilie 10';.. cut. -including i a coun- ; 
te'r boy for Goldman, who was owed 
two weeks salary i$44 i, but ■ -all . sire ' 
heatedly Objecting, to ii on- the prem- 
ise: thai Brodsky is on a retainer aiid 
under' the circumstances should not:' 
have exacted ;a fee. .. 

They biiriioci; inore when .it was, 
learned ! that arrangers who had i 
money coming from Goldman, were 
paid in' full Ihrpugh N. Y, locar.802 
PP Ihe AFM.; which collcr led for 
them and .asked no fee. Cash, se- 
cured for siiiigpliiggersJiy Biod ky 
"am'ounte.d to over $4:000.- split, up 
among 19 ex-einployecs in N.-:Y.. Chi-' 
cago and California. j 
/.'Formal complaint was lodged by : 
the group Friday (2!fi and a- meet-: 
ing will be. held tonight iWcrl.) by 
the union to (jelermlne di^ijosilion I 
of the. complaints,. ; . 



Quiz Sid Kaye 



. John Shulman, counsel for the 
Sprigwriters protective Assn., last, 
week examined ' Sidney Kaye. BMJ/ 
y.p., In connection with E. B. Marks* 
suit against ASCAP on the tissue of 
whether a publisher on'- '.withdrawing- 
from ASCAP has the right to licence 
the performing rights, of- writers who 
have, retained their membership in 
the Sbciely. . The- examination was 
adjourned .to Nov.: 8. . 
''• SPA -s intervention in the cas.e .is in. 
bch.alf --.of Lou Pollack, Tot Seymour,. 
Jesse Greer;, Buddy Green and J. R. 
Johnson, all of whom are members 
of ASCAP arid have works in. .the 
Marks catalog. ASCAP's Vjlicy has 
been to coiitinue to pay' royalties to 
these writers on. their Macks! ..tunes, 
even though the numbers arc like- 
wise being licensed -by BMI. 



'WEST OF TOMORROW 
MWC'S NO. 1 CHOICE 

■After monlhs' of sifti rig . through 
hundred's, .of ■'■ siibpiitlcd . soiigs-; the 
Music War.Co'iiiiiiillce of the Amer- 
ican' Theatre Wing last week picked 
as its No. 1 ..potential '-war-song hit. 
'West of T.o'mo'ri'oiy..' , by Bob Sour 
arid. licn.-y Manners." Tune, pub-; 
Ijjihed by Feist. Inc.. will be '.given 
,ai thorough proinotion Job through- 
the regiilai: p.ubliVher chaimyls' aiid 
via -personal contacts by ' inenibeis 
of the coitniiiliee. : :■ 

The.. song's, composers ii 're "^'ivii'si! 
up piie-third cif . their ' riiyiiMies .to 
the, Committee. -,This is' also . fjciiig 
done on 'Anchors in the Sky;' ■ liy 
Pcter Dc RP.i aii.d Ilohii a'lo.uehc. 
with the. fuitds lielpjng: to ; 
poritiancnl exploitaii'm si'afl. . . 

The Committee's rsYd'rbViiOw-'iV.t-r.'. 
WNliw;",'''New.:.''Voi:k./'li«"h!c--. : 's , . , ii''.ioii.-' 
-'Music Goes ' to ,Wiu:.' is io he con- 
.ti.ti.ucd for cigh.l more. -w'< .-'( i:-;. .Money . 
for the . ful Mi;e ■ sho,w : : ;, (;.ii,e- '■ liinv 
ASCAP and the Anievicai'i . Theatre. 
Wing, who have collalied tn pay li.i 
the arrangements' <ui Hie-.: how. .. . 
cnl is. culled gratis because: H,i s.Uijv. 
has a patriotic th(ine. 



BERNSTEIN QUALIFIES 
MPPA 'RESIGNATION' 

.Louis. Bernstein, head of Shapiro, 
Bernstein St Co.; stated Monday . 1 1 ) 
llial when' ho spoke . the pre\ ions 
week of resigning from (he Music 
I'ubiishcrs Protective Assn.. his, ir-f- . 
erence was to the MPPA board and 
not to. his membciship In..- the (ir- 
ganizalion, 

Beriistein declared at Die time 
(hat his act would -be in - protest 
against the MPPA's continued, coun- 
lenancc of.- the present nielhod of 
listing the week's most playcd.:tune.i . 
on the network's.. The' current sy s- 
tem, which offers the turies. ih al- . 
plia!beticai, instead of acciimulaiiv e,. 
rotation,.- was proposed by the coo- 
tiielmcn's union and 'concurred in by 
the MPPA's board of directors. 



Solly Loft Boys Into 
Mutual Music Society 

■ Solly Loft/., former-, partner ' 
Campbell, Loft it Porgie, bought, into - 
Mtitual . Music- Society- la-i : week. 
Though . papers have>i!t yet, 
di aVvii up and signed., Liift betan 
wiiVk with! the firm .'Monday'..'' 1 <: ' 
.Deal was agreed to after conferu.i.cts 
Saliirdfty (30) afterrionn with Li-i» 
Talent and Capt. Glenn Miller.: who 
oill retains a suhstanlial porlioii ; i;f' 
Miitual stock despile dcnlaN. Talent' 
lias been .operating the .fiirn .\<ticC 
Miller set-it up. sevprnl. yetiry ;\u<>., 

Loft recently ■ withdrew: frtim the 
C- i-P setup, shortly afli r b< Iiig ii- 
K-ased from the Army. lie. lect.veii 
$2(1,(100 from Campbell and Pi.: K'C 
lor Irr interest in the. bu..ine-<. 



36 VAUDEVILLE 



Wednesday, November 3, 1943 




Triatio, one f of the but lor '■■ ball room 
teams, bthers in- live show arc si xici - 




„ r pretense 'oi dang 

•t2:o0 iipiiiiiiMDii.- . : . body who >voiil'cl c^poci Ihrs'e. KiiMs 

..'■■ 7,7 to, dance would be out of his mind. 
.-Albert' Bcrrvmaii;. 'wait re :d'hotei. nV like asking a\ 9maif& ; jewel; fo. 
at ■'. the Hurricane.- roadway spot talk as wd.l ;is «l,ittcr: '.. ' 

which- -Ivas/been viiriouslv known- as . : David Brooks., a:, tall bnrllonc ■ or 
•the Paradise ' and. the.: Midnight Lgood' voice- bill : n.s.g: enunciation. 
Frolic bin' whicK ' realty, has been and. Arl inc . Thompson, ..who has a 
going 'over* tTie l6p under the. aegis .good .-soprano, share . the singing 
ot' Dave Wolpeli- the' r arioriiey-boni- assignment. V rooks 7 works all 
jface* Al Bprdc. Chi agent and pro- through! the show as somelhiiigqt a. 
dcice'r ct.-aU' 'is oasily' the :-. dean '4^['sin|;in^'.ltl■c'..^.^Vl1llo. : ..^Iis's : :TKo.nlps.9.n- 
N ' V niferv caterers.? Albert ;has .has. her ovVn sp'ol :tor';a medley, --qt- 
-been "known io the great and .'near- NOklahbhia' tuiie#' ; plus -'You'll- Ne\?er 
gi-CHl Croitt the - pre-Rp'ctbivs and Know.' Up ahead of lier is Marion 
ClYurchi'U ; s era. througl'i World War I Niles, ■ vivaciqus. pint-sized tap 
I through- Prohibition, and is today | dancer a'lid okay, too; Fourth spc- 
as enthusiastic about. ' his . job : of 1 cia\i'st is pretty Irene Hawthorne., 
catering t"o the masses as lie was to [ who . gets. : ballet . inning later. -in 
the more limited- classes in the yes- front or the. line and. also adequately 
teryea'r 'lobster palace' era7 : . nils her. assignment. 

So Albert should know a. thing or / Cbrday and Triiirto' were the. ap- 
two And does. He knows talent: plausc standout opening ' night 
he has seeii enough ;bf- ;that. lie (.Thursday) with their ada»io : tricks, 
recognizes showmen ' and showman- and straight " ballroom dansapation. 
ship and sq wbcii. Bcri'yman^-dis.-; They are fast- . smooth, .and expert 
counting the prejudice of boosting dancers. • • ' . : r „• 

the commodity or his own. establish?'. Fiske-7 . this . catching. -four 
ment-^puts- diV the rave .for .Tea; numbers, and .7 for some 7 reason 
Lewis it's- something --to be reckoned, chose three of ;h'is weakes.l. , some- 
'Vilh ■■•'"""■" v- ' ■- ■ ■ " - : ' tiling about, a .Queeii. another about 

al, however, he 

ct . Pettybbne' and 

sayed ''hi*iat;iV*o'-jta : r: »V.-tM$;audte.rice-. 
was concerned. : '.■ ^7 .-'•". - v : ■• 
_ Vq'l, 01man:s; band' docs a. fliie ..'job. 



: mist casual -eustbrner -fast ..finds out Wedding- - Ann ivcns 
for. hlniseU. why the. High-Hattcd Lnexl-to-closilig .spo ci 
Traeedian.Ot Jazz, (a filling he's ;not «ave. Out ;>v «v.M. , 



age'dian. 

plugging tob much of -late) Xi.t 
staple how- as he. was 25' years' ago. 



Hfe 'is-iageless; indefatigable; 'sho\\> ,^ the. 
asc and attuned- to the future.^ 



y 

Lewis 



■opens: with, ■ ; nifty ; -Relax,! w ,nv Panchitc-'s; . rhythmic.' Latin 
number. ' Backed . by a team of 13. crew -. pg ( . usual at the ; . Versailles, 
; pills the. singihg Reed Sisters (3), also business -was 1 -capacity, . the' c.uislnc 
decorating the rostrum, Lewis .selK -hei-e bein'ri a N; 'Y; staple- for. years 
file house at ease pronto. Every move and :.7ma'inla'iiiih£',' a ' high 'staiidard 
a ■. wallop: the' clarinet Hid' who' first gy^,, n'ouCwhc'h manpower and -sup. 
pioneered the W.- CV Haridy classic, Uj|j es present major, problems. Scho. 
"St.. Louis Blues.', into an .important ..'7 ;. ' ■ . - . ■ ■; ;..7 7.' 7. 77,:" 
musical commodity.' ' '.'idcnces";ane\v. ; ' . 7: '■, .''..'■' 

just what i makes grpal trouper Lnlln 4|liarl<'r. fhl 
greater. • .7, : 'v. - , : -. . • . , . CHit ooo, Oct'. 28. 

. His road.- eom.nihy is ' m'eaty. and ;. ■■ Joaii Merrill. Biiddu Les(er',;d.oro 
punchy.; HiS7 -5li . iiiin'ulcs of ,fl°? r thy-Dquegaji, 4 flforoccosV. Miini Kel- 
show js replete with- zing: He. never lerinaii, Dorothy Hlld Daiicers • (8); 
surfeits and is probably, the. satopnVt.jtfuinn' Kosfal's . OrcJi (9); - Herbert 
keeper's - -delight: . -because you.' 'Cart dtirbeld's Rlnmibo flaiid^ iW;'.»flM»- 
still. hustle that service to the cus- ; ,,,u,/i $2i50-$3:5f). •'•'.'.•; . ; 

touiers ; without upsetting artistic 7 . 7 : 7 

equilibriums:- . ; ' ; 7,; ; - : :; -.;';■:. ; . j n his new ''AulumhVRevu'e' Ralph. 

•Lewis' last roadway, cafe job was Berger has assembled an array of 
for Billy -Rose, at the. Casa Manaria . talent, headed by Joan Merrill v that 
• ( iveev French Casino) - five', years ^ ago.- js- :.good . entertainment throughout: 
'. Since then he'j .bech killing - , em on : Four Moroccos open with a session 
the road. The bandleader s. penchant f f t jumbling and- dizzy:;a:crobatic S ; 
/for hard work is kcynqtcd.:by< that that > Qver f * r top results. Mimi. 
eKlended road tour; seemingly he K el i e T m an .follows., with flashy • de- 
thviyes On ,«;' and ; where many- ,aiw . I • scr iptiWdance's. ihcludhig a Spanish 
other maes ro of ..his yetcranshipi: ri . :a . H aiiem . routine :to :St; 

:and personal tortmie has been Jrank . Loui! i B v ue s' and a dance to .'Carmen: 
in oqk111g.7arou.nd:. fpr , . softer music> . accentuated by '' b'ajlet; tuvns. 
touch, not so; with Lewis. ; , ; ... . : . .. Al , nea i| y doiie- for click returns. 
As he - unreels "Ws7,show,;JU's ; a | - Joan Merrill, making her .first: 



quentlvin N. Y. there is corisider r 
able iiiterest. in . his oulllt. He's a 
ihoi.'- bio. 'properly,, '.allcsted -to. by ; 
ri-cenl grosses; last weckrhe took 
oyer $IO.O(JO'o'ut or the Paradise the- 
'atri'.' '•i3'otio.it-as' 'his end of : a : por«. 
ceiiUige'dcttl. 7;IIc . : and .Kirby arc th'e 
only I Ores at the Door. II- is deep'- 
rated' in dutl.:tasteless. fashion, and 
'is/hardly likely to dra\V because of its', 
appointmchls.; . : . ■ 

Hamplon's' unusually '.large; combp; 
headed li'y • a musician who- is 1111- 
ique.stipiiably one of the standpiits v ot 
this ' generation;; 7 is,..: .excellent., It 
dri ves llirotigh . staiidard , and;, origi- 
;it jiimp 7 arrangements '.in Way 
th.'it- creates . esrcilement- t>vcry' min- 
te on. the, stand and has the ability,; 
ui'qiie > among '.colored bands to 
coiiic up wi Ih : pop arrangements, on 
Sunday. Monday,- etc., and do; them 
well.' Hampton • employ's live trum* 
pels', three trombones, five' sax, aiid 
foiir. rliythm and they ' add ; up to 
one: of the best combinations avail- 
able, while or colored.. 7 : 7 \- v 
"Haiiiplon, a Tbtilliant slip\S'riiahr 
works : on Vibesr drums, and ^occa- 
sional piano but front and has. devel- 
oped a number of excellient soloists 
11 brass and reed sections 'who spell 
him.' . .He iias Rubel BlaVely, :ni'al.e. 

ocalist. who - does an exceptional 
job'- bh blues, and ..current pops and 
Dinah' Washiiigloh, ditto;- ; ; . 

John ' Kirby's si.x-piec,e v grbub- ■ is 
standard' aiid as strong as' ever. .Los- 
ing Russell, Procbpe, alto, to the 
draft Kirby came up with an able 
replacement', and his work in' relief 
of Hampton and. in -the show is of 
the same high, caliber' it has been . f or 
several years. 7 '. . . Wood, 



< asino da ITritii. llio 

; ' Rio: de. Joiieiro;' Or, . 12. 
Ilbiia Mnsseu, Aluareii & Ran 
clu?ia, : Codlbatis, . . Eros' •'■ Voliisid, 
Crqiide Otelo; Luis' 'Ociauid'.-.'Ma'r.-. 
garefte'LHiitlios. ' S f e I a > G U; ; 1191 1 ie.t ^, 
A I on iri tt,' ■■' Ca rlos Af rtcliodo .& ' Gno's 
Orc'is. ':; ..',■:'.' 'i 7' 7 > ■ ; ■■' ■ / • ^:-7'77.-; "' 



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• ' S 6 ^' Jl he local appearance 

imself:: . Bebe -Vpx l'iocfc a -.yj$h'.''hei: ••Son'g«tyli.n^.-V Opens 



in" l.wp': -years, is. 



tossup; who 

cUsloiriers: . 6r _ 
tees. off. : -She> . cute .terper whose I ^iir'Y6u'Ca\vVSay°Ko'io:a Soldier 
polite. coqeh. for, a fast start, is part an< i:thoii into; 'Mahhallaiv Serenade, 
ot: a circusy : 'hiirw-hurry-liurry : .summertime,' . How Pid, lie . LpokV 
.-P.'.tch;;- Geraldine deBois is; an ex; afltl : 'Black Magic: fbr vociferous ap 



foil for 'Beautiful 



plause:. 



'celVent ' vocal 

, Doll:' 'Smiles,' :-;;, ■ I """Oorothy Doiiegan mahip.ulates the. 

Koilbwing the yXemirte : trio, L Lewis fybries for improvisations of".' . Un- 
.vorks With a. pair bt-' clever, colored I garian Rhapsody.' /.'.Sunday, Monday 
comedians, Teddy Hale arid Paul or Always/ Chopin's 'Minute Waltz.' 
While, in' "Sheik of Araby.' They're- Tea for Two' and a little, .boogie, 
both very expert,' the bne.leaniiig to 1 woqgie for .good: .riieasuv,e. all done 
' the exaggevated swish tnannerisms] (or' boff returns; ; 
befhg ^ particularly funny gent. If.'l Buddy Lester, who 'up . lo. hoW had 
Lewis- hasiVt got 'eitt anchored he paced the show, expertly. 7 uses- the 
should. They have the stuff. ': 7 next spot for. some of liis, unpre-i 
' The Reeds' Cole' Pbrter . medley is: dictable Comedy and quick-triggered 
a bit over-arranged but .registers. w it. Nbbbdv. knows .what . Lester 
the big bon*. qf:. the company is a will dq next but it is generally, very 
■coiiieiy contortionist. June Edwards, funny; He'll . switch from an unt. 
who' is ' lissoiiie, : ' personable and: finished ■ song.^arody tb his; wacky. 
Bhowmanly. Her, unusual.: silting- 'Always Onward' 7 sketch . without 
:bn-her-pwh-head stuff, -is tbppCd-.by] ivarniiig or some other 110i1sCMi.se that 
the ...manner jiv Avhich She: ^ merchan- ; keeps .the. audience in : giiftaws, Offea 
. dizes. her high-pedestal specialties., to solid palm whacking. V ; . 
She d°es two tricks which come un-T : Dorothy Hi-Id's Dancers added pic- 
' der the 'out-of-this-World' catalog, [ tonally to: proceedings with: tjiree 
Lewis' . big number is his routine well- routined -and -nicely -'Icostinncd. 
H-ilh Charlie .(Snowball) Whtttier, numbers including; a, Scotch number: 
who, has been with him many years, a ballet to 'Dance pf the. Horn's', and' 
• and their 'Me and My Slia'dbw' ■ re-. a ' military : niimb'ei'7 with batons, 
pertoire ' has how; been expanded so : Irving. Kostal's Orchestra cuts the 
as to gi ve; the (jlever young' Wh'ittier I ^how music ■: excellently . ii'nd dishes 
eiccellenl spotlighting, as he;. unreels rbut .pleasing dance ; : pliylhms while 
Crosby: Durante and F...G. Robinson Herbert Curbelo's band handles the 
takeoffs,. besides the Lewis, mimicry; rhum'ba tunes, ^ Morg. 'r 

Hiile it Whiter, again, with.. hot 
soiig-aiid-danCc: Lewis' , 'Whon My 
Baby Sliiiles At Me,' standard high- 
light: a click, .version of 'St; Louis 
Blue.! .wilh . two' clarinets and lrbm'- 
bone specialty standouts;;, a round 
tlie-worl.d.;quicki.c.: starling with pre-: 
' \vai7-Parisiah :can-'can, ' a hot Harlem 
... 'routine tHale and White again), and 
the Cuban - "Peanut Vendor' .for 
flnale. Withal a jaiTipacked, 50' mill 
. ;utes of.'rich dlvertis.Semenl.' Abel, 



Th.e Urc& Js- presenting 't : w'o -.com' 
ilete -sliovi's* .'nightly, with the -head . 
i ner. Ilona Massey. oiily appeari ng* 
iii. the second due to. doubling, night- 
ly at one of the casinos across the 
bay in Nilerbi; -At 10 pin., the liist 
goes : oh. .and . it's carryover from 
the ; previous . shb\v-.;fea'turing :Bwl 
ziliaii' talent. ;■■},"■[ . ; '-. ; . ; ; ; ^ 
The two comic acts. Grande Otelo 
and . Alvarengai & Ranchino. a rube 
team,; carry off the honors. ; both 
turns; stopping \the. : sho\yl There' is 
nothing outstanding, about'eithcr the. 
costumes' 1 or. ^production , numbers 
presented, as a buildup lor Eros 
Volusia; Brazilian dancer. .Senorila 
Volusia performs well: but does not 
ha ve : what; it takes' to. stop the :.show.' 
At; 1:2: 30 the second half gels, under 
way with' ; a piano, and cymbalpn 
number. ' Codlbans plays the cym- 
balon.- . aiid. while . the;7llrst- Gypsy 
number ->vas' only "mildly .-received, 
he ttnished' strongly -.with, a- niedley 
of United Nations' • songs. : , . ; 

There's very little tfme !arid>effbrt iri 
the builduvV foi' : >Mjss. Massey; so, 
after two sftdi't ballet numbers, .she's: 
brought '.on to open with 'Balalaika.' 
which , is' surefive here .due to the 
film, of that name .having -becii .a 
local ■ smash wilh Miss -TKlaS'sey as 
the lead.' '. After doing- three num- 
bers with the orchestra.' Miss Massey 
was - called- back Ibr lore and' she 
obliged 'by . going down front and 
singing two- more" with jiist Hie 'piano, 
and cymbalon." ; Miss Massey js pt'qv- 
ihg- a real draw 'willi. the cariocas, 
the ropes' being Up, nightly. ' The, 
dance : music is supplied by , the 
orchestras ■ of Gao and . Carlo's 
Machado. 7 ■",,■'■' 7 " Wall y. 7 



; FainouA floor. >. Y : . - 

'Libiiel ,H«iii,ptoir Orrli (1B» il'ifli 
I Dinnfi ifMSliiiiotoii. Rnbel -, BUiUely; 
Joltii-Kirby Orcli '(6) : iib, cqiter. jn'iii- 
.i»Mim.:$2 weekdays-. $$ weekends. ; . 



" Famous •: N:-' ,Y. r .Which 
opened Thurs ay (28). oiv the site of 
former Troika (500 -eapacity), ;.has 
changed .-nothiiig' but 7 Us- locatibh: 
■Lionel .'Hampton-John ICirby - open: 
ihg there to a: jammed house: revived 
memories of the.old 52d street cellar 



■Du!itf/if ' fiskc;: 7Drt)>id>. Brooks, .with' it's smoky, badly ventilated al- 
A*U»*.: Tlibiiipsb)).; Cdrdqy \& TrianoA mosphere, potket-size -dance -,11'Oor. 
7 Irene. Hauyjiorhe. Ma n'oii Wiles., .Ver-. 1 and big. powerl'ul' baiid. For .'the 
' Siylii . rtti. Veil Oiiii.nii. and Pa uOhito I past , year bn: ,So Ihc bid Door had 
. Orchestras, $2.50 8i,$3.50 ..iniiiijiiiiin: 1 been usijig;7 libh'iidme hiusl'r-..'andj 
,--: : ', ; -'77---,;'V "- 7 ■ ■ • i. . floor shows, but recently sluittcrcd 
bwifchl FLske , and- , his naughty entirely,- Haiiiplon and Kirby thcrcr 
■ ■ songs, leers and- double-takes neatly fore mafk the spolV return' to the 
7tops-a nice litlle.variety floorshbvy .at policy ; that fltst brought, it' attention 
" this'exc'eUeh't dining : cabaret;. ..Boots . as -well. as its hew. location; : 

McKenna, as. stager,, has put a pro- Qperat'cd- hy ' the - same', nicn ' the 
'■ duetioii gloss "over the 1- entire diver- venture is- likely to'get a, start, with 

• tlssemeril and it' easily gets across Hampton and Kirby that will, again 

• as a pleasant .entcrtainriient. - ■'-■: Iput it bii.the N.'Y. iiitpry map. ..'Al- 

Aside' fromVFisltc and Corday aiid -though ',ll'<ihpton .'has., played infrc 



i«'h : Yill«K«> Inn. TH\'V. 

- Barry tVobd. Florid VAs'toj], ante- 
lita & Lee, Line (81, Ned (irvey 
Orc)i; $3.50 iniiiiiiiiiiii. . 

Barry Wood, perhaps 1 the -most 
ambitious -and-, certainly one .of the 
costliest bookings yet undevlake'n 
by the G; V, Inn. got o(T; to a rous- 
ing start when he made lijs nitery 
deb.ut last Friday (29 1 . - As one of 
radio's topflight;- singers.: endowed 
with . an engilginc7peiwoii!.ilily. .tlie.rc. 
appeared, little doubt that lie could 
easily, adapt himself to ;the nitery 
field. , .' "■-.:; 



the future Ariglq- American relations, 
the breaking .'down of ..barriera and; 
the complete elimination of the 'stay 
In your- own back yard' show bit 
edlcti.Whlch', they point oiit, with;the 
exeeptioh.of; the occasional ^ welcome 
accorded a visiting star, 'has lit the 
past stymied I all ; efforts:'. toward; in- 
tehialionalizing; the; theatre: 

The reasbns- ascribed ar.e manifold. 
William B. Dover, y.'hp, as exec, ad-' 
miriiitralor, of the ' ETO (European 
Theatre oit; .Operations) Bririch- of 
USO-Camp Shows, , has had an bp- 
pbrtiiniiy -in tlie past six months to 
study 'aiid dissect British 'show biz 
methods, irepbit's that Britain^ -top- 
producer'. , ■ heretofore- hesitant in 
venturing, any. type of production 
rhatVwasiVt ^strictly, tuned pro- 
British taste, aie letting their . hair 
down for the first time and. getting 
the surprise of their lives over the 
pUblic:s7teactiqi>,.to ,the Yahk-rtem- 
pocd Shows;- particularly ' musicals. 
Cited, as art illustration- is George 
Black's new; production, 'Strike a 
New Note.' currently Lqndoh!s top. 
musical', and ; which, -. says Dover, is 
h complete ' departure, from the . old 
West En ; musical comedy: pattern 
,atid; pbints : up the .deflnite' trend- to- 
ward the faster Broadway tempo. . . 

■ Similarly. Dover 7 ; reports, such' 
other big London producers as. Firth 
Shcphard; aiid' Jack Hylton are gear- 
ing their future product ibtis. accord- 
ingly; conscious of the international 
aspect of postwar: show biz. The sock 
reception accorded the. West ' End 
production of . 'Something . . the 
Boys." starring Ethel . . lklci'man-. on 
Broadway:, is , likewise .hailed as in- 
creasing evidence ;pf . the hew trcrtd. 
-:-Man"y.:U 

ers 'who 'tiaye. toured British; bases 
are being lined .up; for postwar ,-en- 
gageroents by the. Lbndbiv prbducers. 
: accorditiK-l'o' : : ■Dover'.. Many of these, 
trbupei-s; home fr.oiii' overseas toju's. 
have . 'ressed : thci r • Intenl ions ; of 
returning lb ^ England' after the flgiit- 
irig.' inting out that ^thCir" ; solid 
clicks in appearances before British 
troops has : convinced them ; that: so. 
far as English' ' audiences are con- 
cerned. ' . performers . 'hot 
siuft.'. Not only BrilTsh sbldier's. the 
returiiiilg ^ .trbupcrs say. .Want Ameri- 
can performers, but all ;L'onidon '.thea-. 
tregoers are alCrt lo the new trend.: 
As members of ..an /honorary .com- 
mittee. wqrking/. ill . qoqperatiqn Av'ith 
USp's Ei'O ' sefup, the chief British 
producers, are spending considerable 
time wi.th .IheCanip Shows ''trouper's 
and ■ have- thus jiad ..ample ^opportun- 
ity \ : to study their brand ,Wf . Yank 
show'maiishi , Oddly enough, many 
of those (being ..routed j?y7 CSI Mito 
the "■ -British.- bases, it's. pointcd^but. arc 
youthful. . perfqi-nier.v getting their 
first realibreak iiv show biz and; gain- 
ing; the necessary 7 confidence : that- 
cbmps fro'm "resistcrjrig as'Showstop 
pc.rs>at-'th'c.-m|lit'a^\v''ba'ses.' : ;Yet-thcs'e; 1 ' 
and not -the, yets, ' are the performers 
credited with heloing to chart' the 
pbstiVar -IT. Sr 'shb ( w biz link 

and who are being lined up by the 
British showmen for the aflcr'-the-' 
war'engaKem'eiiis.. 

Planting the soecf for ~ Yank- 
patterned- shows, . 1 hose 'returning 
from England; repbrt. - the desire 
of the Bi itis shp\ymeii tq reach .put 
tb: the 'thousands of JJ.'S.. servicemen 
statioiVcd at i'iiaih's .bases a'jjd who 
highlly rcpVesont a. laric .percentage 
of legi t . gbei s , " Wcs . End houses 
and throughout' the pr • 

nprecedenitd ".^om 



tertainment, J each.. British ' .b 
ceivei' one unit every two weeks, • ' 



Stari' Belnf Lliied 

, -. Hollywood, Nov. St. '7 
Stars 7 and 'featured players 
being lined, up for . lours bf from' 
eight to 10 weeks abroad, to 
tain servicemen under a plan' . , ; 
mulated: Monday . (1) at- a ; mc.eliiig:. ; ' 
of the. Producers Association. - Tha . • 
meeting ' was' called .the urgent . 
request of the Hollywood Victory 
Committee and . USO-Camp Showa.'- 

•More than 100 players 
agreed; to volunteer for the overseas 
entertainment project aiid, under the 
hew setup, it is thought most of 7:. 
.'the'se' , >.yil'l.!eonseh't : ;- : t9 / /tbuc: for the 
association. First slcp'.;'irivth8 apcele- : 
rated movement, will, be meeting '. .' 
of film headliners to hear appeals, 
from USO and HVC reps and stars., 
.wh'd aiready.' have; visited ihe - fight- ! ■ 
ing fronts. .7 ■ ;/;" ' ■.;•'. ■.'' 

■Production problems- are going to 
be handled so ' players may make . 
the toiirs without dislocating shoot- , : 
. ihg schedules aiid other details also. 
w;ill be ironed out as the producers ' ; 
perfect their industry-wide program . 
'in" suppbrt of ; the ;sbows; : ; .;.'■■' ', 

Bill Dover, . European head of 
USO-Cariip 1 .Shows, told-. those at the . 
Producers' meeting that films were ; 
so. closely .identified ,yv"ilh..lhe ..lives- " ' 
of. American boys at the ;f rpnt ; that 7 ■". 
announcements of personal appear- 
ances by Hollywood players alw. '.",.•■: 
resulted in lifting, of morale. Dover 
paid tribute to those :,wlib .'already. • ■ 
liad tbiired overseas for' Ihe service-' 
men and stt'essed tlic need fbr. addi- .... 
lional entertainment as new ' 
are established. 7 ; r ;; ; 7 ' -.'\ r' ' 
' Abe Lasttogcl also .eiilcred .a plea ; 
for' inore. talent ' and. desiM'tljed how, 
the . pool had; 'becii dryiiu'U. by, 'iii- . 
cre&sed .dcniailds .froiii ^th.e- War De- 
partment 7, well, as cor.tihued . ,; . 
dUc;ti,qtis frbnV the industry. ' ■; ,. 



'Continued from; page 1. 



been on . for around - 25 years, " Al- ' 
though other levies were lowered or:' 
dropped iii the liloriiii. Congress in- 
variably refused favorable action on 
the theatre. Record .of :show .busi.- 
tiess .i.n the. first war' effort— and the : 
effort ..is, more in tense •' the : present : 
conflict --fr proves- htfw : jdefinitely • 
amusenicnts ;have : helped,:- which "' 
niakes 'the proposed' tilt; less" under- 7 
standable. : ; ; So far 'a^'the; legislat»i's 7 
are concerned, the theatre, is rated, a ■■■ 
luxury: but evidently, it's; held, that 
doesn't apply when it's people are / 
called : 7on during- wiii; 'borid drives; 
aiid charity Camp.afKO.?; . : . V 

■ A suggest ion expected 'to be .placed . 
before ; the committee 7 is v for a ' re- 
vision of V sfraight. tax so that 
it would be a graduated ' levy, ' the • 
.higher trie '..adm issiolv . the .less the ; 
perceiitage. ' There is no doubt that' 
legit would be hit 'the hardest be- 7 
cause -,such thchtrc. admissions . are ' • 
larger ' than'., average, arid the ability , 
of the average theatregoer \to pay 
higher- prices is c^uestiqiied.: maha: . . 
gers figuring sliarjJly ■curtailed pa- '; 
tronage. . .'";''■'■■■. ; ; . 7 ■; 
: ' iibs.laniiate.d lhat the tOmmitlec as 
a,,' whole is hot in agreement on' Die ' 
30% levy and that .it is possible thpt, 
the rate will be ' topped to 15%. 
There seems little dbubt that there 
;wili 'be ''Some: increase. ..''.Some ; niana- \ 
gers; have : considcrqd the economies: ■ 
of -'powering- ihc7estalilished price of 
tickets but .stale that 'risiiig. cbsrs'of; 
operating in every d;epa,rlmt?nt qf the V 
theatre, in trie past six years makes 




Ice Shows' B O. 



Dovei:.. along .ith ' iik Benny, 

IBol)-' ; Adnlphe Mer'ou and.thc' that idea impractical.. 

On strcnj"lh of his radio buildup others, report that show iiiz in Eng- ' 
lie is. -;'pt coiirse: a natural; draw, 7j anc j : j s . euVi'c'rillV. enjoying >' '-'un- 
Vocally he- remairts. -'as-.o'n;, the :a.r - . e ^ tlc l|(!d 7. ^ c pr<,speiity.. 
one oX the most pleasaiit to listen to,. :,,,,;,.„ • • -.- ..j .'„'■ »r, . 
He wraps up an audience with, his u " ,! > e , t' 1 '. 1 on adivay. All ava I- 
firSl. number. '• .Slopping. Ihb show f Mc .;"boqk-mg.. time ,has been ab;- 
cold'at this ca'tching.7he could, have ! snrbed: .. theatres that: . have bet;n; 
stayed all night. -'.though .'..he \vbund i closed fbi; -years are being reopeiied;; 
up ; allei' ; 18 niinules,' ^Me^ ; lilaying tioie; is-;bciiig sought in 
rCbhcliision. of - cach ; of his .hum- j the; provinces to .satisfy the- record, 
bcrs. ,jsuc!v'-. : a5;';'I;ii,-M'y. Arms.'- -Pistbiydemand for cnte'rlaiiiriicnl. - and .'.- all 



as di >piayed iiv his .vaudc;dates; drtcs I- Uvily.' >a;y:*;':Poi*er.;'--.'.iia.lt6i'.\ is cur- 
not vary on a cafe llbor and. con- ! r illy, on Coast huridlins with 
siderihg the, results. 7110 Impori/uit.; c'amp' Sh>ws.piqxy Abe :tastfogcl..oii 



changes; are necessary, r ^l^^yi^^iyi^;^,^^,. 

^; W^oaV,.:SChcdlire.d 7. stay four ; back . England ' '-."'' ' ."three 
iveeks at -the Inn,-. impresses as7a ler- 7 wee i( S .' ; 7 7 7 ',7 . : -• . '■.. 
rific;;bet formally room in ■. ; (hd;,cily.-| ' .,-'•.""/."■' '-:■'. ■;■'•' • ■ 

He's elated ;tb7be: follovvcd. iniq:;lHiS .Uiuler,.. ' s. guidnhCe.: the ETO 

Ciimp Sh'nws circiiit.'-has been;; -' 
oande'd to 40 - weeks bf ' (llav iint time. 
There. al;e.;it-pre'sr.iit 12 liirjls tbiiiling 
Ihq; English bases,' each; -' ■ -" bobked 
foi: .in -averi.i'te of, six mt- ■.. ; Except 
for . .ighlh Aimy Air .fields 
and. embarkiitiiin pbi- .V ; whcie 
I'hoyp-W. a n-cl for. more f- ' ,.:-.''">t en- 



Green wich ,Vi I la(ic spot by. Bejniy 
Fields. -,a previous .clipl;- here, with 
Fats, Waller.- niinllicl- rbtii.rnei A 'com- ; 
ins? in a;tter Fields; ' . ; ; ; . ; , 

• Fbl" the :' wsl{: linetip.'coiislslii Of 
Ciihielila '■'.' ; & Lee ■' •'•( New 7. Act!*)., 
dancers, ; and' -Klju-iU .'. Vestoff- ( Ne.w; 
Acts) |. ■ Uipper.^ „Ncd'- Haryey orcli 
provides show .music. , A/fJ'ri. 



iii' Sari. rancisCo 'it held to ;a 'steady.-. 
$40,000 weekly, pace, regarded as ' ex- 
ceptionally high for the hot' rhonlh-> 
Both shows-did about $2,000.000. each 
■ in biz Jast ycai v , ' wli'li: the Arena 
ManagerS ;A'ssri.. rep'orling 'each wlHv. 
top that : figure by least S500.00D 
this' season, 'icccapades' bellcred last- . 
year's mark by $25,000.- , 7 " 

Likewise Vl.^antlcipating 7 reeord 
grosses is the nc<y, Sbnja: Hcnie. shiiw 
Which the Star . and AWhurM/^Vir^ [ 
have already put iriiq ■ rehearsal.; fOV; 
an vppehiiig^next . mo'ntli; Show -will 
play^.iieveraj ;'oiil-bf-:tbw'n : Wirtz- 
owned spots, inclii ing Chicago.. 
. Detroit, . before coining inlb- M;idisoii7 
Square Gai'dcn:; '.. -7 7. ., ;■:'■'■' 
. As further cvidchcc:;of . Ihe .deiiiand . 
f qr ibe shows .1 lie WirtzrHCn it' "SjaM 
Oh ice' revue in the 'Cchlcr..N. Y-. 
slill vexceeciii'V- : lhe: $36,000 • weekly,, 
jitiii-fo ,'Ui'iu.iiii now: - lis- tliird yciii'..' 



Wednesday, November 8, 1948 ; 





VAUDEVILLE 




AGVA Drive to Clean Up NX Harlem 
Cites $18 Wkly. As Typical Nitery Pay 



Determined to • up what it ♦ 
ails -probably the messiest and most 
vicious, condition existing in the va r 
riciy 'field— the night clubs in Har- 
lem'— the American Guild of Variety 
rtists served notice last week that. 
. .. lb. eradicate -widespread 

. .. uses a nd the exploiting of : colored • 
/ performers. ..'■■■"■. ■'■'»■■, 'v'." ''. ' : . '.'■ 

Oil the basis of- preliminary plans 
' aheady-lai ] it's one of jhe.mOst ' - 
tensive campaigns launched to date 
by the vaude and nitery union. On 
several previous .occasions AGVA, 
. . under, its old regime, Bought to bring 
Ihc Harlem hi'lerics into its fold' and 
. , wipe put what it says has now devel- 
i oped into a crit ieal situation, but all 
efforts failed. : To prevent such a "re 
ciirrence,,AGVA. •principally through 
,tive efforts ;of 'Dave Fox. N.;:Y. local 
director, and with -the full support 
and backing of the national office 
has enlisted the aid of a group of 
prominent Harlemites and the Negro 
Aeiors Guild. In addition, it' has. ties 
Ignated a Negro Council, composed 
i . of Broadway - and Harlem colored 
nitery- performers, who will work in 
, cooperation, with 'AGVA. in sifting 
; /complaints, etc. Loiter council was 
organized recently and has already 
laid the groundwork for the drive. 

AGVA got busy when a number. of 
Harlem nitery performers started 
griping about conditions, complain- 
ing that the spots in which they were 
'• fiig were' getting.'away. with sal- 
, in ies ranging from $18 t<i $22 a week, 
and that they : were compelled to 
work all hours of the night. Accom- 
panying the squawks were - pleas to 
■, 'AGVA to 'corhe jn and clean up the 
mess.' Joining in the demand were a 
number of prominent ■Harlemites; in- 
cluding" Fredi Washington; .actress 
arid 'columnist for the New World, 
Negro paper. 
: . AGVA says at. 'least a dozcn'bf the 
ni ore prominent Harlem spots are 
• subjecting their, performers to the., 
•buses cited, and lists among them 
the Elks . Rendezvous, mall's Para- 
rise and Harlem Hollywood, , 

Functioning, on. the council are 
Buster Cromwell; emcee and ex- 
member of the. Deep River .. Boys; 
Sonia, dancer at Hie Ubaiigi; Pauline 
AVesl. chorine; 'Slini' ; and ■ ■Sweets' 
Preston, dance. team, and others; 



Corinee Boswell Gets 

Str.- Vaude Booking 

Connee Boswell first to be 
signed by Paul Small for his next 
vaude-r'evue, 'Curtain Time.' which 
opens at the Currah, Sari Francisco, 

Dec- 27. ' ■'"'• .- ;/'■/; 

Miss. Boswells contract calls for 
equal top billing with any other 
headliner who 'might be signed in 
the future. 




of Stage 
in Mpls. 



, ■ Minneapolis, Nov.. 2. 
V Minneapolis is .hitting what is' be- 
lieved to be ' a .new. all-.lirne. low in 
early winter, stage .show- entertain- 
ment.' Aside; from ; the Hirsch-Katz 
Alvin theatre roadshow burlesque, 
(he flesh, is almost .as rare as .Nazi 
humaneness. ■; : v ■ .' 

. The Lyceum, legit roadshow house/ 
so far . has ; had but one attraction-. 
'The Doughgirls/ -and .has .announced 
nothing else oil the horizon. The 
Prpheum, 'playing occasional vaud:- 
.film,.;"' offered:. '■: single ^tageV'sho\v, 
Sonny Dunham's band aiid acts; last 
■month -.arid, has tipthiiig -.booked . for 
November/ So far there's, a single 
a t t ract ion scheduled for Decern ber, 
Jimmy Dorsey. 

Mort H. Singer has been • in the 
market for name, stage/bands for' his 
theatre, the Orpheum. but can't find 
the ones that he; thinks would mean 
anything at the bbxpffice' here,-' he 
ays. There never has been, a time 
within memory when so few Stage 
name attractions were available; it's 
pointed out; 



Yessner Pays Off $450 
To De Simone Act, So 
AGVA 0K ? s His Nitery 

Faced' with an the Amer- 

ican. Guild of Variety Artists which' 
threatened to hold up his new floor 
show booked in for an, opening last 
Wednesday ■•'n'ighl 1 27)'. Dewey Yess- 
/. operator of the Shangri-La nit- 
: «ry.. Philadelphia, niacle a jasl-mihutc; 
settlement on- a claim riled against 
him by the six Cheena De Simone' 
dancers. .j\s a result AGVA : s nation- 
al: pllice. which received notification: 
of the settlement several hours be- 
fore the show was skodded to bow in. 
lifted its ; 'unfair' notice posted against 
the Philly nitery and informed the 
acts being held up that they could 
go in. . . • v _ " . 

. Yessner" turned over a check to the 
; Y. vaude and nitery. uiiion Wcd- 
; .ncsclay aflernopn -i27) for $450. the 
• ampunt (he dancers claimed were 

due them ;fpr a fourth; week s salary 

when the - troupe ■ played VYes'sner.'s 

spot last season. \ The- dancers were 

booked in for the foiir weeks but 

Shan ri-La boniface folded' the spot ' ,.,.,,.„ „.„„.,,„ 

after they/ had- completed three 
::weeks xyilhout- paying off on the (ull|^^»^w^ 

contract. *•• • " nf 1,10 -•»■»"-■• 



One of headaches 'for eastern 
bookers' resulting from transporta- 
tion difficulties Is novel situation of 
■els refusing dates on the Coast. 
Where- previously, acts were anxious 
for Coast engagements because of 
possibility of attracting film atten- 
tion; bookers now cannot, get acts to 
accept Western;' dates in spite of 
longer runs and better salary offers 
than ever before. 

Contributing to the [ ' icullies in 
I ra vel i ng a re t he black market iii 
railroad tickets and the new 30-day. 
Ceiling on travel reservations; Per- 
formers have to. pay fees ranging 
from $5 to ' $ 100 for bootleg ticket' 
reservations, the price depending on 
the distance and the need for the 
tickets/ Then, too; the 30-day ceiling 
prevents therh-from making' reserva- 
tions beyond that period- -■'■- 
/ Coast -circuits "; ;' desperate . fijr 
acts- and the - situation promises to 
be/eyen more acute. They are -de-: 
Pending increasingly on manufac- 
tured attractions and 'Coast defend- 
ers.' Latter . aits that play only 
Coast dates. / ' ' 

' Case in.point is that of the fieri 
Levey Circuit, which books a. num- 
ber of theatres through the far west. 
Levey has been able to get only two 
or -three eastern; acts' to play. his. 
houses in spite; of relatively a'ttrac-- 
tiveoffers. Typical reaction they get 
is: :\Vhy"should we go all -the way: 
put there if . we can get as many 
dates; as we want around here with- 
out 'the headaches of current rail- 
road travel.' . Eddie Smithy eastern 
rep for Levey, points out that it is. 
practically mandatory, for. an act to 
have- their- own car/in order for them 
to accept dates and be assured of be- 
ing abie to fill them. 

•EVeii, ownership of a car is: no 
guarantee /' these days; of gas ra- 
tioning. -Sometimes, : after , buying a 
car, the .act. then finds that the ra- 
tion- board refuses . to "give him the 
necessary coupons, for the .trip; 
When one act complained to a mem- 
ber, a ration board that its liveli- 
hood depended, on gettiii the cou- 
pons, it was asked didn't it know 
there^ was a/war going on.?- 
. Situation has ifinally gotten to the 
stage where theatres are trying jo 
book so far. in advance that they're' 
running up against the problem .of 
not . knowing what their picture- 
booking setup will be./ An'" interest- 
ing sidelight to 'situation is' unusual 
sight of bookers coming to the agents 
begg.in . for acts, instead, of 'V agents' 
begging for .bookings,: : . 



Replace 1 Mills Brother, 
Vaude Tour to Resume 

■■.;■"■-.' \ ';'. . roOiers are fiKunng^ pn'.re- 
sumin - work . next week after inpre 
thaii a month idleness due :' to 
their inability to secure a replace- 
ment/. - Haiiry": Mills; who was 
dratted. ~T|ie..grqup has been booked 
for the State theatre. Hartford. . 
12-14; Shubert. Cincinnati, week of 
Noy. : 19; Palace.. Cleveland; week of 
Nov. 26,'and RKO. Boslpri, week of 
Dec, 16. Gene Smith, who has been 
rchearRiii with' the quartet, will 
take Harry Mills', place. 
• Herbert Mills;; who followed his 
brother into ;.h induction center 
physical.' was given a 4-F.- However, 
a bad case of laryngitis Has kept- him 

'fr6m ;: workihg with the combination. 



DUNNINGER QUITS ST. L 
CIRCUS IN BILLING TIFF 

.St. Louis,. Npv: 2. 
Joseph uiiiiinger, meritalist cur- 
rently oil a Blue net work rpdio. show, 
last week quit the Rodeo & Thrill 
Show, sponsored by the St. Louis 
Fireniens' Pensi Fund, in a huff. 
Because he had been denied a special 
spot On the program by Tom Packs, 
sports promoter in charge of the 
shindig, Duiuiin'ger pulied u '. his 
takes after one' rj.a. ' Dunninger had 
been ', guaranteed "$5,000 for his ap- 
pearance here. •' . ,' 
• buiiniiigcr round that rending 'the 
minds of spectators iiv competish 
with clowns, tumblers: etc.. was not 
in keeping \vith his national rep and 
he demanded star . billing and / a 
special spot. Those he -served were 
to pay a ,25c- fee. uiiiiinger. ad 
planned to broadcast his usual Sun-' 
day p.ni. radio show from St. Louis, 
but because of the row with Packs 
departed for N. Y. aiid the pidgram 
was broadcast from there. . 

Although he made bill; oiic of ' hi.s 
.sciicduled 'nine appearances Tor the 

Firemen's Thrill Circus in the St. „ ,, . . , 

Louis Arena, Punninger collected ls rcpresentaiive. here 



LA. 



Parnell Eyes U. S. Talent 
For Aussie Vaude Tour; 
Plans Trip Here Sooo 

.Sydney, i •.. ; V' ; .■ 
Wallace. Parnell. geileral manager 
and producer of the T-ivoli vaude-; 
yfl.lc circuit; plans' to, visit the U. S. 
on a major talent quest for Tivbli. 
... Also : plans to spot talent for right- 
ing forces and war workers. .In'ad- 
dition to his Tivoli "circuit activities' 



Carrying out'the threat he made 
before going to the Coa's'V/to probe 
internal strife that reportedly had 
been hampering .proper functioning 
of the Los Angeles local of .the 
American '.Guild of. Xfariety Artist's, 
Matt Shelvey.: AGVA's national ad- 
ministrator, dissolved the L. A. 
branch last weekend- , In its plate he 
set- up an office that will operate un- 
der the national office's jurisdiction 
. The present . admin istrative'i staff,- 
.however, is being retained.. although 
.the" new setup; Shelvey .contents',' will 
permit lot closer, affiliation w'i.tb na- 
tional AGVA and more efficient 
functioning. Florihe Bale has been 
exec. secretary, "oi 'the' L. A/Jpcal fpr 
the past year, . ' :V: 

Shelvey had been particularly dis- 
turbed pver failure of the" Coast of- 
fice to"' meet its per capita lax pay- 
ments- to national AGVA in the past 
several" months, a fact that he attrib- 
uted to the improper functioning of 
the local. . 



- , situation has devel- 

oped: . : ' New Yor ; " 

throughout the country, '' 
ery -bonifaces are'. 

in ' ' '' " '" '' " 

their spots and subsequent increase 
in minimum pay scales/ . 
• previously .the attempts to force the 
bistro. " operators . into , such a move 
invariably met with. •'.resistance- and 
drawn-out , disputes') . . been 
brought abpiit by the- taient-shoi tage 
predicament and.thc alteiidiint piob-' 
lem of ihe nitery. .bonifaces tryin 
tp hpld pn tp their clipri'nes, who »re 
being tempted ..iiito uthcr spots -with 
offers of higher salaries.:/ . ; / 

Also respoiis'ible for the move is 
the/refusal of nitery performers to 
play spots with the lower minimiims; 
As a result . there are' hiore .ni'teries 
with 'A' classification. 'throughout the' 
country today, f hah' ever before, with 
the list/growing weekly. Efforts of 
the nitery operators to give pay 
boosts on their own have been siym- 
ied by the frozen wage laws. Hence 
a 'B' spot with its minimums of $55 
for. principals and $35 fof chorus is 
prevented. froni paying -"B plus" salar- 
ies of $80-$40, while the .latter is re- 
stricted .from'' handing, out $75-$45 
minimums that apply. -A': spots 
only. >;- ;.■■,'•■;; '.''-: : - ■'■.■■■■'■ : - 

Casino' Russe. N. Y. niteiy, last 
week obtained through the' American, - 
Guild of Variety Artists a change in 
its classification from 'B' to '•' 

plus/ :.:/.. ■ -■ . -,'. .. 

AGVA also announces the pactin'g 
of several other 'spots, including the 
new Famous poor nitery on Broad- 
way, which. has 'A' minimum of $75- : 
$45, and. McGough's nitery in Brooke 
,)yn, where/the' minimum scales are 
$50 and $35. - ' 



Romm Bros. Split 

■■■ Leonard; Romm has severed his 
Taude booking connections with his 
. brdthei: . -y -/after an' alsVociation of 
; years. ; Break came. it's, 'said, 
after. aMispute between the two late 
last week. Whether Leonard, will go 
out on his own or. go into an agency 
has nbt-been decided; He claims to 
have several proppsitiphs; ;. : " .:, 
Harpld Romm.: has been theatre 
oooker for .General Amus; Cor for 
years and his brother, v. 
distant. /: -."v ■-■'-' ■'.■/■ ' 



$5,000 for his stint last -Monday (25) 
The; Blue network menlalist was or-/ 
iginally contracted, at .'$5,750, vvhich 
included, the . expense of hi.s. p.laniied 
Sunday air show /pickup from St. 
Louis. Oct. "'' ,.'■'.'; '-■. ,' :'•':': ■'.'' 

The fee was paid at the insistence 
■of Clark Ilamilipn. presidont of ; tile 
""iiian'ce Corp./.oVri- 
<rs of the arena, anijllon had sighed 
Dur.ninger - the circus. Slid when 
the perfdi iiici. becfc'tl 'over his bill- 
ing- as a 25c' 'blow .off; cntcriainer; 
If am i I ton tried wit hout succc.'-s' to 
rent another auditorium. 



Kuchuk Joins MCA: / 

Benny Kuchuk haS; moved over; Id 
Music Corp: of ' America and its 
vaUde-nilory/dcpartineht. iipw. head- 
ed by '.Johnny Diigaii, Kuchuk ie- 
iiphccl . froiiii USO-Camp'.. 'Shows "(o'v 
take; the MCA post; ,: . /'.. '.::' - : ; 

Phil -Blobm; formerly head (if the 
MCA vaude - department, haVmbVcd 
up 16 head the pix-legit agenting in 
New York. ■'■'/" ■;■• . . ; '.. V' 



with Hci'schcll Stuart, of Hoyts cir 
cuil'. '- /- /:- : .''.'' '.-■'■" ..-'./ 
; Parnell exjecls a tremendous up 
beat locally in the -vaude-rcvue. field } 
with the importation of American 
Sets; He . has vaude i/i a heailhy. 
state over the w:;:r yeii i s/by .carcfuily 
nursing local-talent. 



Cafes Need Fresh Coin 
To Survive Likker Dearth 

. Mass.. Nov. 2. 
Local hilcrics may :hav'i>T'to resort 
to gcitipK new money into .the" busi- 
ness if sonic of theiii expect to stay 
in business after. the' fi'rst of the year, 
according 'tp Lawrence .O Bi icn, jr., 
I Spokesman '"-.for. the Western Massa- 
chusctls Cafe Owiii'i s/Assh. '. . 

; iscusslng the , effect the shortage 
of liqu • aii vhe proposed higher 
taxes would have. O'Bi icii. said that 
there had: ■ : - ji; icalion yet 
l.hiil any .operators were plannirig to 
turn in 'heir: licenses. '. 

So " of the place, . however.-, he 
said, would have lo do considerable 
scraping at the end of the: yeiir to 
get,- thci r. ■ i cnewa'fs. ' -GM'tipB.. .'.fresh.'' 
iTipiie.v into, the firm is One ' solution 
that, has- been advanced, .he said. 



Named Passaic Mgr. 

; v ' :■'•■';. • assaic. N. ., Nov. . ./ 
Clc.'heliis Miirphy of the Ril'ii ihe- 
atrc; Elizabc-lh. has been named - by 
Warncj s as manager of the Ccmral 
here. MoUse reopens Friday < !>} with | 
batrtililin "policy under the aegis -of 
Ihr/ Stanley Corp! of America; sub- 
sidiary of Warner. Bros, ■/ 

Inilini ,; spots Clyde Lucas; 
orcii. Ci; .Edwards and the Berry 
'Brothers. Con hoc Boswcll is set . for 
the '.iC'c6'n.d v/c'tk", '. 1 . ... /', 



Henry Busse is back at the Palace 
hotel. Fri.scp. fronting his '. band... after 
an appendicitis scige. 



Ann Corio Strippeo' Of / 
HubbV Via Divorce 

v';' ' Hai'.furd. Nov. 2. 

. .Superior C<mii I i.Iohn . H/ 

King -steVday Ann Corio 

'ir , divorce -'riinett / Callahan, 

now -'manager ; v Paul Small-Fred 
Finkclho <•. Miss - Corio. who ;ma'f- 
ricd/ .aliahan. Iii Tolcdli/ in - 1933, 
-.'while, he v. a> ; n-an^fiisc-holder . .of 
•'!hV 'iris ' ' /. . Uie' burlesque, - in 
which... she was', sla rrc-tl. '; l<Wd the 
court she ha not lived '.vilh -him 
iince" 1038. .'■:./■ ..' '■■;■-"' ."-..■.'.■■'. 
' She ciiartetl he d'raii v'sively 
and \vas abusive, on on*;, occasion 
giving her black. eye that prevent- 
ed her f rom gl\ iiig pr-rformances. . 

Silver 'Strings Oriilvestra, .new, all- 
girl outfit U (i "by ■ M i id red El lor, plays 
itv.flrsl (iif.u »t Giipitol, I lion, N, Y., 
Nov. 14; / . . ■ •/: ; " '.' :■; ' 



Reds Will Take Vitebsk 
But Sinatra Probably 
Will Get the Headline 

ittsburgh.'Npv.. . 

The war; Lonergan - murder 

ca se. a n d t h c' t'h re u te n e d coa {strike 
nolwilhstandiiig. Fiank Sinatra's De- . 
eembtr booking at the- Stanley thea- 
tre hit the front pages here last week. 
It was. probably the first lime in WB 
;de1uxer's history that a stage -book- 
ing hps ever , rated Page bile. / .-- 

First news of the' possibility ;ihat. ■ 
Sinatra .^'oilld play Stanley came Jn 
Inst week's /Variety' and was subse- . 
ciueiilly carried . by two, of the local 
columns. Official confirmation from ■' 
^W,arners, however,-' didn't arrive until ■ 
24 hours later .rind, when it (lid. Pie. ., 
pulied the item out of. Kap Mona- 
han'.s drama colgmn and put it. 
front. ■:' ;' ' : ; . //- ' ' . 

Incidentally., it may be (hat. Pit-is- ;.' 
burgh will see Sinatra' ..twice this 
season. .-"•John H. . jf.'irris. acting l(;r . 
Arena Managers Assn., of .which he 
ts prt'sideni. is; trying to book Sinatra' 
wilh ijcrhaps a band ii ' ; • 
acts, for • tour of . the country's' . 
arenas; an coin held put for lhe. : 
swpohcr . --aid to approach, ^la 
ihg .'. .Last year Arena ; /. 
made a >imilar effort. 'to ha 
Crosby for ■ swing: aioiind lhe 
cuit but the crooner turned- it xiown. 



JAMES BARTON SET FOR 
SHANGRI-LA, PHILLY 

James Barton is the latest name 
booked at the Shangri-La, Philadel- 
phia. ;//' ;.'. /L 
,' He goes in idr two' weeks, starlih'^, 
Nbv./lO, age-pied .by Al, ! ilsoh /of 
Eddie Smith'? office iii N'. Y. '...-. 



; Paterson Vaude Back 

■ Majestic, Paterson, , ,. i csmned 
vaude Sunday '31). when it brought 
irj the 'Gay Nineties Revue.' 
. Policy 'hereafter. will call for . Mon- 
dayand Thursday, openings. House, 
is booked by 'Eddie\Shermar\'r .oJrjce. 



38 



VAUDEVILLE 



We<Inos«luy, November S. 1913 



New Acts 



MARTIN KKXT , 

Son's* 1! Mins. 
' t'mi liousc N. V. I 
Frank Boi-acchii-.i's swank East : 
•tilth -'iri'cl bis i;). the Coq Rouse, is 
where he once slaved, a singing : 
dchulamc contest and out came Ann.; 
Fraiicene. who has since played' the 
rtas-i ■ circuits, and is currently at ; 
Armando's.. N. Y. This semester 
iin'archiui hopped, on the swoon- 
niK-.H bandwagon and staged a 
SiivMia chiiU'sl. and .'U\ came iUaivin 
Kent. 

li develops that young Kent, who 
is si ill under 20. was long a -Tammy 
Dlii'sev ■ dwi-ipo when the latter w^'s 
a lop I he liiilol Astor Roof. N. Y.. .and 
would .trek' from -his Brooklyn home 
manv an evening to worship at lie 
shrine nl'TD and. incidentally, one 
Frank Sina'ra. then ju.>t one ol '.he 
Pur. •■■ r i; d company iucludini; the 
■ P>-l '■i ,, -T''s. ■ 't at. It was inevitable 
thai. Kent, who has '-••been, in the 
hoi-sc'iU bc't. should' absorb soir.e- 
thina of the Sinaira influence in 

■ immi'c. h:-n .superficial manner and 
this h" evidence? full well on his 
own 'iiiirry t'ebni'.-il .'he Coq Rouge. 

■ if in wi'dVio the cycle, a deal is. 
pending" wi-ei'tfby oVsey will hire 
yvmrj Kent lo join his band and 

a';c un where Sinatra left oft. 
" The 'kid- wa'i picked by a commit: 
tee of Gotham, .lewspapermcn which, 
in itself, -was 'Rood showmanship as 
''stayed, by boniface Bonacchini. his 
publicist Doro'hy Gulman, et al. The 
choice was a happy one. 

Of sympathetic appearance: and 
pleasing vocal manner, Kent runs 



the gamin 'iif 'Sunday. Monday." 'My 
Ideal.'" 'In My Arms', and I low Sweet 
You Are.' doing 'cm all in the same 
relaxed mike manner of the Great 
Swnnnalra: He has able assist in 
Dick Wilson's snappy quintet com- 
prising sax. siring bass;' piano, drums 
and lid'Me. and EJela izoney. gypsy 
violinist; whe aliernates willr his 
Slum-manly string work. 

Back to Ma' tin Kent, he manifests 
all the liappiei in.iticd.ipnfs seemingly 
.es>enlial in the current swoon-croon 
■idiom.. 'and these compri.-o nonchal- 
ance ami pash balladoerin;!. Who 
knows but .that. Sinatra has started, 
an lihcr m.iio,- American industry all 
his o.-.n'.' Kui so Ions as there'.- a 
market lor. she oroduet: lis witne - 
Cn:n.i. Haymis. Bri o. Monroe, el a!., 
(hi' wi l".'.-' young Kent dispenses will 
also sell well. .and. in important mer- 



:\:<V- i-e mar 



too. 



.A I.e. 



in win ( nin: ' 

(ii nit' ilia' 
]■! >l in's. 
I.c Knlian 

C»-rey i< new o.nl 
. poi ! ! ^ : 1 1 ; 1 1 ii . ami lie is 
hai! s.i Mr. 1 showcasing 
Anihoi:.- . i' ; e's class .supper 
. Le Kuban . leu. Corey has 



CAM K LIT A .* LKl. 

Ilaiieiiic 

R Mins. 

(ireenu ii li Village Inn. X. 

Mixed nsini of aero ballroomolo- 
.gists display conventional routines for 
the must ■part! ; although. handled in 
line style .Girl is a Hash in a while.: 
revcalim: ynwii '..ul. very low at. the 
i hips while the. undcrstander is okay 

in -the ,ii-i ii numbers. -. 
t- Tl'.ev're best is a sauc'y version of 
• the 'S; r p 'Pea-e Polka.' followed by 
! a. medley oi miscellaneous tcrpihg iii 
' the rluimh'a and strut-tins; vein. 

• ■ A/oi'i. 

I I.OltlA VKSTOH' 

DsimiiiK 

."i Mills* 

Or -riiwii h Village Inn. X. '. 

•;, 'W.hi'e r.i'i list-.'d iii. 'Va'rie.ly'. N'ew 
Act .lih-.'.' l-'hnia Vest oil has-been 
.-kind-ird lor some time, -ami this is 
>:i ietl-- for the record. 

She's -a Ion lot, h lap dancer, with 
!a ia>\ e'.' sma-'dhi: del"i.\'ery. I'ler lap 
vati iii I'-. cmnvntratod in a. brief, 
live m i:'; i". . hold ;iiienlion -all Ihe 
ttay h'.'. i'.' xc. iv «iiei'd. .dexterity- and 
iv.i.:;hr.'- -. Clicked easiiv at show 
i.'J!)'.. ' a/ori. 




Your* for Fun 

.(MUSIC BOX. HOLLYWOOD) 

ifollyieood. Oel. 28. 
Jesse it. Afiirliii (Mid Suniiiel P. 
Norton piodiielion of lirO-ucl I'Hiide 
rpciie starriiiy Billy Hoii.vc « »k( K<(- 
dic Garr; features. Lorrnine Dc 
Wood. Dave a»(t June ffneker, ■■Les- 
ter Cole mid DebtiKinlcs. Crnce C'os- 
lello. Dippy Dicrs. Franl; Scniiiic.ll. 
Rose Miuplii/. P<i ul Goiiloii. Boh mid 
.V/iidt'li/M Boiiiii'!/. Kelly Flint, 
Sammy Wolfe. Williuin Ides. Oriy- 
iiidl songs di; ffoiise. G(|rv. Henry 
Mnrtuyli; Prodiicliou . )ii(iii(if/cr, 
.feiomc Frunl;, jr.: iiiiisic direcfoi'. 
f'rnii: Stciui-iK/ci'; Sl.iia lop; opciicd 
Oct.- 211, '•»:). «t Music, .Bar. llollxj- 
irood. • 



hi 



N <) \V KNTKHTAININU 
Till: HOYS' IX SCOTLAND 




WILLIE SHORE 



AL BORDE 



i".;ipnr!ant 
; in :' very 
I'.ere at 
elllb. 
Ihv.'ii 

around, otf ancl un. although buried... 
at one time dnini; a sloosje' (or uiow 
Pvt.'i t.iiii.iel Stamicr in vaudeville. 
He emerues oi.r his. own- in very 
promisim; nianuer. ;.s a\ potential 
• icomedy lind. with an original man- 
! ner of performance. 

llis.stuii' is as original as his maiv-- 
; ner of presentation, lie reiniiids. of 
: John Gariield in appearance, and 
■j; does "madcap discourses on Roman 
civilization with a Caesarian .ap- 
proach, capped by a Hamlet' solilo- 
quy. In between he docs a 'Figaro' 
pantomime, to a disk recordihs. in- 
troduced by. a jive spiel, which is a 
.sem of its sort. 

Corey has been at this spot only 
a few weeks, but seemingly is al- 
ready eettini; a slron'™ "personal fol- 
lowinn judging by requests. He has 
everv indication of travcliim far.- 

Abel. 



caiK-l'i- (■': 

I'ATTi; . 

CiHiu'ilv. 
!i Mins. 
Stitr. N. 

Portly.' 
Patter.-. .n 



. ' anil JACKSON 
lUitU. Daneiiii; 

)lo;ed comedy learn of 
uid Jackson., '.who wear 
exaggerated, hiyhly-colored suits but 
not ai the zoot-suit. type; are not tops 
on »a« material, but re^istt-r nicely 



illy House and Eddie , iarr hav- 
inu variously been identilied with 
I 'Hell/.apoppin.' it wils only natural 
j that some semblance of tliat wacky 
hit should be incorporated inlo this 
! fun lest. .After a fashion and in ii 
' lukewarm sort, of way some of the 
insanities, of. the Olsen-Jolmson 
brand are spilled into the aisles, but 
it's more 'annoying thai amusing. 

The (irsl-acl curlain. id the pre- 
cm didii'l fall until nearly 11 p.ni: 
That gives an idea of how the show 
ran and ran. 

ovue has about everything thai 
has ever worn the label of vaude. 
Its only salvalion;. however, is a 



Panamanians Deplore 
Yanks' Leaving; Means $ 

. Panama. Nov. 2. 
Nitcry operators are yelping'- 
loudly since Ihe fall of Italy, which 
was followed by wholesale depart- 
ures of American soldiers who have 
been replaced' by Puerto Rican- 
troops. The newcomers, unlike their. 
American, comrades in .arms', know- 
how to hold on to a buck; .so, aver- 
age bistro tabs hnve fallen bit to the 
absolute minimum. 

Frantic elforts to revive business 
has seen a wave of 'freak' attractions " 
booked into zone hot spots. iggesi 
current draw is a girl and a gorilla 
al the Club Shelter. Trying lo cash 
iii on the act's .popularity sa w ofher 
j ops dragging in such acts; as Fraiik- 
enstein and His Lady' and Ihe 
'Hunchback of Notre Daine" with a 
fi'ihme partner. One spot even fea- 
tures a ■Salome' turn, but the gal 
uid gorilla remain tops as a draw. 



on Imofery and, score big 'oil .their. sc \: ere 'tightening and some freshe. 
novelty impression of the .Ink Spots j material, both blackout and' mnndl- 



P H 11 

"TIMBEB" 

FORREST 
• 

"CLOWN PRINCE 
of 

NAUGHTY NONSENSE" 
KESNER'S SKY RIDE 
Chicago 

Personal 'Management 
C.R.A. CHICAGO 



PHYLLIS STEWART 
Sonjs . ' . 
1* Mint. 
' 'Cafe Society Downtown, X. Y. 

Phyllis Stewart is a sexy looking 
little songstress, consciously or other- 
wise aping the nonchalant slouch at 
the mike which has become a bit of 
a vogue, of late; as influenced by the 
Frank Sinatra school. Possibly aim-, 
ing for comparison as the 'femme 
Sinatra.' Miss Stewart does ballads 
like 'Embraceable You 1 and .'Why 
Waj I Born?', and manages to chalk 
up a neat personal score. ' 

Her voice is strictly for the mike: 
her manner, strictly for the intime 
saloon trade. She has an arresting 
| s.a. manner which fortifies her 
j throughout. At the show' caught 
I she worked in a casual street suit, 
in itself unusual among femme Iobk- 
: ers- who generally affect .something 
I a bit more formal. This is her pro 
I debut, in nitery or otherwise, and 
I if the fortunes are with Miss Stewart 
i she may emerge' as something more 
| exciting than her basic worth which, 
if not socko. is adequate. Abel. 



Arter some dancing doubly, and 
singly, plus some talk. Patterson and 
Jackson Inward the end sing .'If 1 
Didn't Care.' hoked lip plenty, in a 
genial impression of the Ink Spots, 
and top this in a brief dance windup. 
The Ink Spots portion is enough to 
put theny over in a big way. as oc- 
curred here on show reviewe' 1 . 



II ATT IK M, 
Sinfinic. 
4 Mills. 
State. . 

Hattie ;'uel. colored.. away up. there 
on the avoirdupois, has played in 
numerous pictures. She is held down 
on the engagement here lo only one 
song and a dance bit that could hard- 
ly be called dancing, but scored okay 
when caught. . 

A genial -mammy'- type. Miss Noel's 
voice has quite a bit of strength, but 
the diction is poor. Currently here 
with the Louis Armstrong band. 

C)i«r. 

BOBBY and FOSTER. JOHXSOX 
Dancing 
•5- tains. 
State, X. '. 

Snappy youthful tap dancing team 
whose routines run partly along, buck 
lines. Colored lads clicked- strongly 
here when caught.- and appear on the 
way to better things, 

Boys open working together, pair 
off for single dance portions, and fin- 
ish up doubly. Ouir. 



: Mrx Xitei ics on Spot 

Mexico City. Oct. 2ii. 

The-- Mexican .government is get- 
ting tou'gh on night chibs who disre- 
gard liquor laws. 

This 'month,. 130 cabarets. . 
and restaurants were closed by the 
federals for allegedly selling intoxi- 
cants without complying with gov- 
ernment regulations: -. -'■:■ 




Ruit, of Ambassadors, 
Killed in Plane Crash 

Word has been received in N. Y. 
of the death of Eugene Ruit. 26. 
formerly of the Monocled Ambassa- 
dors, dance act, in a plane crash at 
Avon Park. Fla.. .last week (261. Ruit 
dived in a training plane of the 01st 
Army Air Force Training Detach- 
ment, a student also being killed at 
the same time. 

Accident took place two days after 
Ruil'.-i appointment, as .'a flying in- 
structor. 

Kettering Joins Frederick 

Chicago, Nov. 2. 
Tom Kettering, former RKO ex- 
ploitation man in Bullalo. has joined 
Frederick ros. oll'ice here in a gen- 
eral-capacity. His first assignment 
will be to assist in the production 
and management of 'Holiday On Ice,' 
now in New York rehearsal. 

Show, .which opens at the led 
l luuse Arena. Toledo.- on JN'ov. 9. will 
have a company, of Ul). including line 
of 1U girls and" eight boys and a cast 
headed by Ariane. European skating 
champion, and George '•yon' irgelen. 
Qonn Ardcn is doing the routines. 

Rocco Gets Pic Spot 

.Maurice Rocco. 'boogie-woogie 
pianist-singer, current at Zanzi ar. 
N. Y., has been signed by Paramount 
for a specialty spot in 'Iiicen iai'y 
Blonde.' Film is based on li/e story 
of Texas' Giiinan 'and will star Betty 
Mutton. ' 
Rocco reports' to the Coast Dec. 10: 



ogistic, for House and Garr. Latter 
mimicries are well enough done but 
everything shouldn't call for an im- 
personation. His drunk act is still 
a showstopper and he's a capable 
comic , but no zany can rise above 
meagre. material. House is' the same 
big. fumbling palsy who can wad- 
dle along with a gag but when he 
goes serious everything goes limp. 
Here again there's a sore need for 
situations that mesh with his lumber-, 
ing style. Unless House and Garr 
are amply taken care of by the 
writers and their routines given 
snap and dash there's' not a chance 
in ten for the show to survive its 
five-week bookin . Those who be- 
lieve the public will buy anything 
these days, especially if. it's comedy, 
may get' their theory rudely jolted 
by brutal facts. ' 

What makes up Ihe rest .of the 
show is pretty tired sluff; with ex- 
ception taken for. Lorraine De -Wood, 
a curvy looker with a song r selling 
style. Dave Gordon is still pedaling 
on his bikes; the Hackers knock each 
other out: the Dippy Diers are, bal- 
ancers, and there are dancers, "har- 
monica players, tappers, a. dog act 
arid youngsters who act like grown- 
ups. . • 

Show was heralded ■ as 'Tons of 
Fun' until Harry Rogers as title 
owner, ho.ve' into sight and . threat- 
ened a suit unless they settled with 
him for something like $1,000 and 
10'; of the. intake. Producers de- 
cided on the present tag. and smartly 
so. for it's far easier lo live up to the 
title. .Helm. 




Currently 
U.S.O. TOUR 



PEETA SMALL 

The Canadian Nightingale 

Recorded ' Auditions Available 

Ktrhmlvr .'MitmtKrmnil 
HERBERT LYNN 
llrnnilwity. W>w Vork 
COIumliua A-u:i:;u 



*;xcixsivb m.\xa<:kmi' xr 
ALAN GALE 

Now 12th Week at 
Palumbo'i, Philadelphia 

JOLLY 
JOYCE 



. WRITK 
WIK-K 
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Walnut A»-.1 
Wnlnut »UI 



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1'lilla. 



HELD OVi:« 

THIRD WEEK 

KAT*; SMITH HOI K 

CBS, 8 P.M. FRIDAY, EWT 



FOURTH WEEK 

CAl'ITOL THEATRE 

NEW YORK 




SENSATIONAL SEPIA SINGERS 
BOB KERR and WILLIAM MORRIS AGENCY 

HELD OVER! 

TOO! 



(MH.UKN <i\TK THKATKK 
MAN FKANCUWO. ('/«.. 
NOV, S», 1»IS 



' Fuinous Glolial Ai'lial*— ON TOl : R— Company of Forty 

THEATRICAL PROD. INC.. JIM McKECHNIE, GEN. MGR. 



HARRY WALKER AGENCY 

.«IB< llnll.rwiMHi lllnl.. llnllyu«M«l 



■Wednesday, November 8, 1948 



fj&RIETT 



VAUDEVILLE 89 



Rum Rationing Feared in Penna; 




Philadelphia, Nov. 2. •♦ 
Liquor, rationing is on the way in 
Pennsylvania and nilery operators' 
are looking for the worst, 

Many of them have been living 
from hand, to mouth as far as their 
liquor slocks go, hoping^thal a break 
in the whiskey draught would come 
soon. Their hopes were raised last 
week when Auditor General Clair 
Ross disclosed that, there were 
432,000. cases of whiskey, gin, cor- 
dials, wines and other spirits in 
Philly warehouses, But these hopes 
were dashed with an announcement 
both by Governor Edward Martin 
and Slate Liquor Board .Chairman 
Frederick- T. Gelder, that rationing| 
was under 'serious consideration.' 

As It is. a nitery operator must 
take what he can. get in the way of 
li'.iuor, many times being forced to 
Maud on line for .hours outside a 
liquor store. There have been re- 
ports that liquor store -clerks, have 
teen ■''accepting ; bribes to take_care 
-of preferred customers. This prac- 
tice has been denounced both by 
the state, and the lavernkeepers and. 
nitery operators associations. :. 



HERpS NEW-* 
FAST ACTION FOR 

/ST 



CHICAGO S MOST CDMPLE T[ 
SERVICE f 0 R THE 
THEATRICAL PROFESSION' 



Entire Production for ill 
branchts et Enlertainmenl! 

Expert Oancr Rbulining! 

Coachi ! Re-Styling! 

Eipeilenced Instruction in Showmanship. 
Hjkfi Up, Presenlalien, Selling! 

Studio Rental! 

Complete Costuming Service! •'■ 

FULLY WftltFltO STAFF OF 
PR0FFSSIONAL ARTISTS! 



THEATRICAL 
PRODUCTION SERVICES 

203 n: Woboih *v t . Sulle 900 
ttl CtNirol 2»OJ. Ch;<o B o. III. 




AI.H.WS WOKKINC 

'WHITEY* ROBERTS 

. Now Vo'ht Thru., S|Miki(iit', WiikIi. 
\\k. Nov. 3— ^rmiimnmit T.. SiiU I. uk*.* 
tt'k. Soy. Vi— Tiilwr T.. Driivi-r . 
' \vhi<.. mm. Not. 'ill — l-'r«»nl 1<t lltitrl. 



Waller's Day of Rest 

Holly wood, Nov. 2. . 
Fats Waller, who goes into the 
Florentine Gardens on Nov. 8, 
will do a seven night b week- 
sho\y, even though the Musician's 
Union sanctions the six-day rule. 
: Waller will play piano and sing 
six nights. 

... On the seventh night he. sin 
only. 



St. Loo'll Nix 'Thrill' 
Acts If Recurrence 
Of Peters Tragedy 

St. Louis. Nov. 

A warning that more fatalities in 
•■.thrill' acts here will cause a stop- 
page of such entertainment was is- 
sued last .week by -Coroner- James -J: 
FiUsinimons,- who -conducted. -an in- 
quest into the death of Aloys Peters, 
circus performer, who accidently 
hanged himself at the 'opening per- 
formance of the rodeo 'and-. thrill 
show sponsored by the St. Louis 
Firemens' Pension Fund. 

-In returning a verdict /of -acciden- 
taldealh.' the cpioner said that bookr 
ing agents should be aware of the 
fact that; further fatal accidents 
would arouse a public clamor to end 
such shows.' .Peters died from a 
broken neck when he attempted a 
longer than usual leap with the rope 
around his neck. Several witnesses 
attributed the accident to a faulty 
rope that had never- been fried be- 
fore and which failed to extend to 
its full length. 



♦♦»»>>»»>♦»♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦»♦♦♦» 

N. Y. Nilery Followup 



CAPPELLA: PATRICIA 

Currently appearing in vaudeville 
musical "Yours For Fun," at the 

MUSIC BOX, HOLLYWOOD 



that Man (You Know) 
Who's in Trouble Again 

Washington, Nov. 
. Larry Sunbrock's rodeo and thrill 
show ran into prosperity and trou- 
ble at Uline's Arena. . 

Opening day- matinee ' 24 ) show 
was. held* up' for three quarters of ah 
hour until all patrons had reached 
the boxoffuc. Gross of Sunday 1 24) 
was $11,200. On the week the attrac- 
tion grossed better than $25,000. On 
Wednesday Sunblock was hauled 
into court for having his smntmen 
use rubber tires on motorcycles, 
against ODT regulations. Proihised 
to strip the vehicles and rim on the 
I'unis but' when district attorney's of- 
fice ..checked, they were still using 
rubber. Sunblock was 'required to 
post $1,500 for appearance in court 
next week. ; 

Mike 0 line, 'proprietor of the 
Arena was ordered to post bond of 
$500 to show , why he should not be 
held in contempt of court for per- 
mitting the show to continue. Lone 
Ranger' radio serial also applied for 
an injunction against the show, 
claiming one of the riders was fea- 
tured a.<- 'Lone Ranger' and used the 
terms ' i Yo Silver' and 'Hi Vo Sil- 
ver. Away,' without pei mission. This 
case w-illbe heard later. 



V + M M M M ♦ 4 ♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦ M 

Joe Fejer, who used to wholesale 
liquor, is now back violinihg his ap- 
pealing gypsy solos in the Penthouse 
Club, Central Park S. spot 'N, Y:) 
which , is aiming for the late, trade. 
Fejer and his siring ensemble with 
their tzigane music are the right 
thing to draw 'em, alternating with 
Roberta Welch, who has been around 
and who chirps her 'Oklahoma' and 
kindred operetta ballads in fine voice. 
Fejer; vet showman of the varieties 
a.iri niteries, has a cymbalon, piano, 
'cello and second violin to back him 
tip. He -was at Hie Monte Carlo last 
season for a spell. 

Irwin Corey (New Acts) is the 
new comedy find at Le Ruban Bleit's 
show which is skilfully paced by 
Julius Monk, who alternates at the 
Steinway with Herman. Chittison. 
Maxine Sul'ivan, ..with her bofl 
swing-singology, remains as hold- 
over . star. Nadya Nors aya, nee 
Princess Nadja. burlesque stripper, 
now metamorphosed into an exotic 
chanteuse of the pash Russo-Freiich 
manner, likewise - holds over: as do 
Day, Dawn & Dusk, a /.iiigy colored 
trio,. ■ Latter' will travel faster 
from now on. on the 'strength of their 
.effective ''vocal calisthenics, which 
run the gamut, from 'In. My Aims' 
and 'Shadrack' to Shortnin' Bread' 
and an old-school caliopc-comedy 
routine. They're -a highly effective 
trio. 

Phyllis Stewart iS'cw Acts) has 
proprietor Barney 'J6s.rp.hsou.. of 
Ciife Society c.uritown. C, S. Up- 
town, iinu iv-inls west iathcr excited. 
She is an added starter to a compact 
little show at. the Greenwich Villn.sc 
bistro -where Josephson started on 
the road lo. the big league w:i h a 
parade of stars which 'now' includes 
Lena Home, Hazel.. Scott, Golden 
Gate Quartet, Zero' Mostel, Kenneth 
Spencer, (he "iKraft Sisters, Jimmy 
Savo. Mildred Bailey, et al. Rest of 
the show has Pearl Primus with her 
bareTlootsicd ballet work, backed by 
a pair of. Afro-'Cuba'nb drummers; 
the zingy Eddie Haywood band, with 
the pianist-maestro a standout, with 
his *Beguine.' 'Virginia' and 'Co- 
quette' specialties: Josh White's bari- 
tone-guitar work: and boogie woogie 
pianist Mary Lou Williams, who rates 
with the best of 'em. Abel. 



Showdown Due Next Week in N. Y. 
On Status of New Ice Skaters Guild 



... Showdown on' the status, of the 
newly-organized '-Professional Ice 
Skaters Guild of America is due 
next Wednesday (10) at a formal 
hearing to be held in New York be- 
fore Harold Iiuxemberg, senior ex- 
aminer of the State Labor Relations 
Board, io determine Whether, there's' 
sufficient representation on PISGA 
io merit recognition las a bargain ing 
agent. 

The new guild, organized by a 
group of chorus boys and girls ap- 
pearing in 'Stars On Ice." at the Cen- 
ter. N. Y.. claims it has the necessary 
50 f r-chprus membership required 
for a charter. However, the Ameri- 
can Guild of Variety Artists, which 
refuses to recognize PISGA as a sub- 
chartered subsidiary or. permit the 
members to speak for the. entire 
chorus, points to the fact that since 
AGVA concluded its recent pact 
with Stars,' three-fourths of the 
chorus has applied to. the vaude and 
nitery union "for membership. 
. Conference may decide that if the 
majority cast their lot with the 
vaude and nitery ,' union. PISGA, 
even if it continues . to function, 
would be. without bona Me ''status' as 
a '.bargaining agent and -"merely hold 
recognition; as a social organization: 
Behind the new PISGA setup is 
dissatisfaction by some of the -Stars' 
chorus oil the Jerms of theif-nnlraet 
recently negotiated by AGVA with 
Arthur M. Wirlz, who with. Sonja 
-Heme is producer, of the icer, now 



Emcee, Hoofer Nabbed 
In St. L on Dope Raps 

St. Louis. Nov . 2. 

An emcee in a '.downtown. .nitery 
and a former pro hoofer now a 
soldier , stationed at Scott Field, 
111., were held last week by Feds on 
a narcotic rap. 

The first to be jugged is Sidney 
Grbot. m.c. at the Cocoanut Grove, 
after cops found marijuana in his 
possession. A . few days later Pvt. 
Nelson L. Stephens. 26. former nilery 
hoofer, was discovered with a quan- 
tify of the drug in a downtown hotel 
room he occupied .while on leave. 
At his quarters at Scott Field the 
Feds also reported recovering a gal- 
lon jar of the weed prepared for 
/■moking. 

Nelson, training' as a machine 
gunner. in a- bombing plane, was re- 
leased by the Army to. the Fed 
agent's for prosecution. 



in Those behind 

PISGA further argue that the prob- 
lems involving ice show choruses 
differ from those of- other performer 
members of AGVA and that only 
satisfactory Working conditions can 
be accomplished through negotiations 
set up by its own organizati 

It's pointed out by AGVA that it 
has a contract with all the ice shows, 
including •Icecapades,' 'Ice Follies of 
1944' and the forthcoming Sohja 
Henie show, and that if PISGA won 
recognition as a bargaining agent, 
would only tend to create confusion 
*iid chaos, particularly if 'Stars' per- 
formers were to go with any of the 
other shows. Furthermore, its em-, 
phasized, since Wirlz is sponsoring, 
all AFL union enterprises, AGVA 
alone, as the senior AFL union for 
vaude and nilery performers.' has 
the strength to successfully negotiate 
Tor better terms and working condi- 
tions. . 



Bill Miller Takes Over 
Grace Hayes' Coast Spot 

Hollywood, Nov. 
Grace- Hayes Lodge in the valley 
lias been, taken over by Bill Miller, 
agent and operator of Luna Park at 
Coney Island, and' 'Thirik-a-Drink' . 
Hoffman. 

George Grasel disposed of the 
'■nitery' before his army induction. 



ATTENTION ARTISTS! 



Bookings, Management,' 

Speei 



rrangements, Dicti 



DORA 
MAUGHAM 



EDW. M. 
NORTON 
ASSOCIATES 



SHIRLEY 
SHAININ 



« THEATRICAL CONSULTANTS 



1775 Broadway, New 



I. 5-8340 



Shutter Ga. Nitery For \ 
Illegal Sale of Liquor j 

Atlanta: Nov: 2. i 
Windsor Castle, nilery located just j 
across De Kalb county line in Gwin- [ 
netl county, on Thursday. "28 > was J 
; ordered closed by Judge Clifford : 
i Pratt, of Gwinnett Superior court. . ;.j. 

j Ray mo in Comeback ' 

Al Raymo. retired vaude and burr 
Ic-que comic, is dueling off the baggy 
-pants and. slouch hat for a vaude 
| comeback. Raymo is teaming with 
! Joe. Verdi, formerly ' of Clark and 
: Verdi, and readying a comedy I 
' act In which he will do, his former I 

Italian dialect. Joe Sullivan has 
j.agcntcd the act for an eight- week 
j tour of New England houses. 
| Siiue !i et irtmcnl. Raymo has oper- \ 
a ted his own nitery in Greenwich | 
Village. N. Y. known' as Raymo's 
Venetian- Gardens. 



RINELLA'S 
BROWN 
DERBY 



AMERICA'S 
* FUNNIEST 
SHOW 



TED SMITH, M.C. — -TOMMY RAFT— SOL FEOLA — 
ADELINE 4 NIECE — JACQUELINE MIGNON — FRANK 
PICHEL'S ORCHESTRA — TAYE VOYE TRIO — THE 
DOLLODIANS. 



Phonen Stat* 1307-1308 



Saranac Lake 

By Happy Behway . . 

. Saranac. N. Y„ Nov. 2. 

Belly Hij.'lman.- formerly , of 20th-; 
Fox: ' i hocked < into the Rogers for 
rest period and "checkup'.' 

•iohn 'Legit i Eaton cheered plenty 
by visit from parents last week. 
'Cliff - Farmer, and Richard Moore 
fnrfoughing from long seige of bed 
routine. ' '• 

Alora Gooding. Helen Olson arid 
Jerry Derene, w;hp recently under- 
went operations, up.: and -. around 
again. 

WrlJt lo. those who. art III.- - 




BEATRICE 
KAY 

Leai ing Roxy Theatre 
After Two neeord- 
SmaaMna Week* to 
Start Rehearsal* in 
mf Marching With Johnny" 

Thank* lo— 
■ llox.v Th«*n(r<> anil fcarii llauNdh 
for iM'injf, mi mwi'II alioul re- 
lii'UKlntf ■!■«• fi'om my lloxy «'n- 
fgag<'im»n(. 

ThaiikN to— 

Harry lloiiiiia for hi* tunny 
kln«ln<>NN«*N. 



MANAGEMENT-COUNSkL 
Pvt. Michael and Mary Vallon 
RKO Building, New York 19, N. Y. 



40 HOUSE REVIEWS 



PUkHety 



WodiK'sday. November 3. 1913 



Stale, X/Y. 



N|).L->.i..Uy, 
op:niug v. i ;•' 



l CVy. !},.l.y' atlpr 
' ,'ou'li -'J* ever Know.' 

on 




.„ .... j , - •. Mabel Seoll. bounce .singer, really 

. All-sepian . unit. lieadc.d ■ ■ b , nini .^ ■ j„ uie featured spot as 

trumpet-Titan, Louis Arm ■ I aclfl.'cl attraction, turning on the per- 

one that plays .with. ft«c jw$ : ^ 1 soiialit.- to : sell Tiaidy • CatVJDon't 
has good balance as. well as. many T;l | k A h oi(t My Man 1 ahd 'Boofiie 
diverting qualities. Avoidii.K .-go.na W()0 ^,. Bu .,, p fay. S epian sinficr: 
overboard., the ,umt ..: runs only >1 - x s ".p, ( , lUv - appreciated and had 
minutes: and thus has line ,nahlnos>. i > ' r(i ^i. <^ ry tihuvshc. threw 
Hot. music by t ie band with si-i - ^ j it;el . bU( , ' sWpi! : that- ended, 

eral. swell special^riuutemciu -y> ■ , b . u j n -p ;>H tfoK.-JAiti« 4s agile 

supplemented by^some vo.calislics by, l; ; }s ; doLpit.- fact he Works on 
Armstrong who-;d^ with occasU>na4 .tap. from 

fancifully ;bul sells, hi luseir w.cl l;. bi onx; ( , 0O(1 fo0 t. , Hc also whistles 
nonetheless: . A njnr*es>ioiv early in, • Mo0 n| i ,, h t,Bf'.omes You' for variety, 
live proceedings has Armstrong ;nuik-. , ; ; iirl ; by ? ;v;ctl ol., encores..,: : 

'■ T'V' 1 . '■^.•plij-l-js ili' •-.' nr'xi-lOr 



Apallo. ^. 1. 

Geor.gie Auld Orch tl5i icifh Ann 
Sallatcay; Claris Bros;; John fc Era 
Komiy.- flol'mes & Joan. Billy Eck- 
stein. Tim. Mobrr. Ceoi-fle: Wiltshire. 
Virion • .Harm: ■ " 't'lil.-iioii'n '.' 'Guest' 
(JWonoi. . , . v .' 



Sold With excerpt showmanship Miss 
Diuilols was a solid; clicker first 
show;" could -have remained longer. 
Paul Winchell with his dummy, 
Jerry- Mahoncy. has a clever routine, 
lie doesn't iry to ' imitate Edgar. 
Bergen, has a ! refreshing line of pat- 

tor iii - which his imitations of 

. : , ' • i Charles Buyer and Lionel Barry .- 

.Gcol'gib ' Auld's ; white ban ■■- Is 'more are logically introduced.- For- 
.breaking " up" Apollo : crowds" .this ! an encore a double talk song, skil- 
week- aiul oiv tlkv strength of its pcr-A | U | jy done.- .- 

tormaiicc niust bo rated a highly ; B;j nc | closes with 'Wnbdchopp.ers 
promising 'combinali'pn. though, only i Ball.* : : A lively - -.routine and right 
six weeks Old. " . Aiild'. one of 11* ; down the groove for.lhe liipswihgers. 



ing an oldie, while a liul.- i\1"t 
down some of the. boys ■ Ti-'iri. :'■'?<• 
band, including, a" clarinet. <j'i: 
: are featured " in whlit Ami.--: ni" '. : 
calls 'Ghost of /the Bin »;.' . l:> -i\-> 
'extremely'' socko inlerlu: A' -W. tlu ' 
boys on the ciarincls'sr;;|.\.loir.. 

Armstrong's . own ' vci-sio;; of iV.-'- 
tol Packin' Mamma' is -another, yocl ' 
from the ' bandleader, topped .by. 'a ■;' 
novelty ritimber. Bund had dr;Wi. 
a 'nice, cblorful. stage setisni; . aini ' 
good lighting. '■..'-.'. " . ; 
. Dbwnfront acts an spcoiuIVy on- 
tortainers, all reviewed soparau-ly 
under- New Acts, include iho lap 
team or Bobby and Foster Johnson 



■fl; ■' Wivo well- received. py: 
•ilo.': I'll. house' . bii.lv;': short ',' ago i 
i> it thi'ir :;tow-motipn (lancing and.: 
< r; iiumo stood up' under .re-selliug. | 
t'l.t d in. oulkindishly. patterned zoo I I 
j-u?(s.. 1-oy:. arc able ' Clowns- with I 
llirir. .->pc 'ialty. 



finest tctioi; 'sax t.Hcii available. . has 
collected a bunch of youngsters full 
Of spirit and. ihe will to beat it out 
and :the result is a . grouping, bt- three 
truhipets. three 'trombones, live sax 
and three rhythm that innves with an 
irresistible drive:. - ; . .' ■ 

'.OiVe of AuklV-. laills wlicii .cau.'shl 

last wiis a lack .of ancnlioh jo bal- -PeiiicWii Lnicem)' fRKO) 
lads; This! apparently .- ; h:is been eor- 
Tccicd '. '. soiiu' cxU'nl. Mere he 
plays . an ariaiiRCnicn'.l of 'Man. 
Love' behind a . now. \ oc'ali.st. tliul': 



Arke, 

Atlftmg, !\f-»'ark . 

Newttrk. Oct. 30.' ■; 
; Joliuuy Long- Orch 1.14) featuring 
Pfii.'i Diiynii and Gene .Williams'. 
l.ixtil Lj;oii: f lie . rniapinatofs- (3) ; 



Johiiny Long^ gels the nod oil this 
I' layxiul-,' band, per Usual, being.: the 
mainstay with - two- additional .'acts 



as (asly- as: aiiybiio .c-ovild ■'■ wa'nl and i ios^.mI. in as ^ fillers.. '.' Supporting' fare. 



IIKl«». KuMun 

Boston. Oci. 29. 
CUidi-' Li'cas-Orck (12); Lew Ho 0^- 
maw. 'to «. Mite -t- Stanley; Merry 
;\'»0j Hi ; rfrtllcn Spnrrou',' IRKO). 

. T-h roo: sm-irt . v'au'de '.-acts"., plus the 



Patterson: and Jackson; vhefly com- i x; U c;is"band : s : "pivir of ' waVbTcw! ' '-aire 
edy danec lcanr. ; and -Il-it.ic- N"?^ liriing thiV-loyoul into the okajr de- 

; . par I linen t this week\ llib weakest 
item' being the band itscit. whieh is 
sn.iall n'hd :a bit out o£ : balance. Pur- 
; yeys good.; niusic. however, and takes 
.comnu'iisurate kudos; '.- 

Starts ' off • with . ' contemporary. 



from pictures. Who's biv ih a- brief 
song and dance bit. v. / 

Soloists with' the band are Ar.n 
Bilker, sepiah sonwtress with, a IM 
of personality and .-. iprchy isiylc; 
who sings" two numbers, on. Iho cui'r| 

rent;' engagement. ;scllihg. both . c^ : . vorsiQn : or old-limb America - Patrbl 
celleptly, and Jimmy v Anderso:v he ; ;. allcd we. Must Be Vigilant,'. Lew 
of the Crosbycsque voice. . Anderson. ; j. Ioflnl£lI1 follo win(; . ; quick i y to get 
is also doing two. numbers and w hile . undcj . tne aUdienSs^.skin: witr,-: his 
not putting so- much action in h,i l corned v iugglihg stuff 
merchandising, stores very slronuly. |- p ai -,fTiiwr< ivocals'V 



cloov. ecpiiilly wolf- bcii'ud Billy Eck 
stein' '.' Oi 

sbpi iiiio '>;. . . , . 
and on jump stuff s'nifls to. tenor 
and alio. ' 'Thai hi.- own soloing is^ 



son the iKivelly side and cuts the 

ballads thv loader plays .orrli neatly.. setup running more than 
proyidiiig •. neal .otToct,^.(iO infinites and keeping; the. 1am- 
' misters iii clover^ throughout; 

Long'-froiils a liep -outfit and par 



bccoi1iing ; more crtiiinivrcial since / lays, fbui' saxes. • sbven brass and 
picking up' a baton is evident: in : \h'v'ce rhyljim to a smartly coalesceht 
"Body - and Soul.' .which now : cli.tigs ; crew with ante bell urn overtones, 
fairly close. lo'lho 'molrtdy. is dark [ Band packs' plenty of drive '-. without 
good looks and apparent- youth is a rosoi'ling to bludgeoning and handles 



Clin i'. 



. Karle. \» asli. 

Wos/iinofoii. . 29. 
Roily Rolis, Waller Dore W«/i.l. 
Eileen 'Bitter; Belly fane Smith- 
Sahite to . Seabees • ii'iiii ' Tomnii/ 
Flanagan, Win/ield .'Qritivfohi. ,t'ii- 



Pau) Lcwis.'yocals 'All Or Nothing 
I At All' and 'Begin the Bcgiiinc' to 
I. draw encore 'If You Please.' Patricia: 
I Rj:. follows to do 'Right Kind of 
I Love' and.. other pops that, register 
; nircly. • . -,' - ■ ?. ' .' •' 

! Low. Hi(e and Stanley; wow cb'mV 
edy trio here for first lime in sea- 
s(in,s.'w.ham','lhe spcclatbrH with 'their 



tPar>. 

This is 40 miiiutes of bangup-'en-. 
tertainfnent; ■ decorated:, with a 
patriotic fervor -and. playing with 
color and.. spirit. It's, a Salute to; 
the S6abees, with special: drops' to 
give it a nautical flavor. Program 
opens, with :Tommy Flanagan. Sea- 
man, contributing a- harmonica solo, 
followed, by the best voice heard in, 
the Earle: this, season. Baritone 
comes- from Winfield Crawford, 
formerly of the "Metropolitan Opera, 
who sings : 'Pcople Will Say' with: a 
gusto that had the audience cheer- 
ing. Ensign Sher then introduces' a 
series of five tableaus with picked 
men of thb .Seabecs. These show, 
the newest; branch of the Navy in 
construction work, handling trans- 
ports,;, blasting their , way through 
jungles, building, airfields. . 

Roxyetles take over and Introduce 
a Stage Door Canteen program. 'This 
brings on Walter Dare Wahl and his 
assistant in navy blue to go through 
their tangled .acrobatic routine. 
Betty Jane Smith follows .in».clev.cr 
' tap routines? ; Roily Rolls really had 
them in the palm of his liand. Com 



in the skeins with five sharp vocals 
of. varying style interrupted 'by simV 
pie dance patterns. Clickb. . 

Lucas : nh.c.'s show suitably., and 
keeps iff oiling nicely. .Show's short 
and to Ihe point, and . proves satis- 
factory to family tastes. Biz not 
good at opener but tendency to build, 
evident. . ; ' ■ ' Elie. 



Xailonal. I/vHIe 

": -Louisville, Oct. 2d; 
Milt ritlon Orch (14) with Bon- 
nie Bol.<'r. Curr Bros.. Earle Keller's. 
/•fONse Orch t-12)'f 'Revenge oj Zom- 
bies-' (Mono). 



big a'ssel. . . 

AniwSallaway'is ihe oulfil's vocal-; 
ist. Obviously- .p.ew.- -..and nervous, 
she ; gave evidence of a voice on 
•Jeremiah' and 'JVkih M .Love.' but 
low- '•'•'mike;'- power and ;tob-loud ac- 
companimen I smothered her.".."' 

Show with Auld is okay .though 
overboard on dancing. . Begun by 
the Clark Brb.lhers;. a clever tap 
team' which clicks: neatly wilh. uni- 
son and challenge routines, are. fol- 
lowed by a turn inserted just be-, 
fore (his. show. . They're . John . and 
"Eva Kenny, comedy-aero .team thai 
offers, some unusually good: tricks 
balanced : 1 by ordinary., ones. ■ Male 
half's gag Of ..losing ".hi* hat. and- try- 
ing to recover it goes over well/here. 

Holmes ' and Jean.'. brings lip the 
former: single 'Rubberneck' Holmes 
and a gal partner. Act consists ei1- : 
tir'ely of - his efforts., the girl's danc- 
ing being ' little "more than .,a. stage 
wait; . Holmes has abandoned- . his 
spine-twisting routine that ' brought 
him the 'Rubberneck:' lag -and. has 
substituted legit leg wijrk . and a 
legerdemain routine that carns'.him- 
a solid hand. .' > 

Billy Eckstein, balladisl fornierly 
with Earl Hin.es and now. a single,, 
went over bi| Willi this, audience. 
Unwisely seeking a rep as. the Negro 
Frank Sinatra hie opens with 'Sun- 
day. Monday,! follows with. ; C1qsc tb: 
You" to faiT returns, tlieii. riiigs the 
bell with: a 'blues. 'Hello Ba\>y.' In 
this spot he. should do tunes .he's 
known for ■ and . should junk the 
Sinatra, standards. •' Wood. 



When traveler opens on . the : Na- 
tional stage this week, appearance 
of. Milt Britlon*s' band!' and their 
opening strains of music are hot 
much .-different, -from bands which 
have. preceded. But from that, point 
on. any resemblance ' is purely co- 
incidental. , Brilton comes down 
front with' a couple six-shooters, 
bang bangs a couple tinies, . saying 
he doesn't want any patrons, to go-to 
sleep, atid (he madcap crew goes to 
■Work.'; Stage , hands ' walk across 
edy pianist opens wilh keyboard stage carrying boxes, ladders, etc.; 
nonsense'.: follows, with Gershwin musicians nonchalantly stroll in and 
solo on. toy concertina, and encores pout, gals wander back and forth, 
with 'Tea foivTwo' to shdw...)uvw lie piirsiicd :by bandmen who"are'easfly 



can handle the ivories. Galled; back 
he lets the Roxyetles blindfold him 
fpr 'Old Man'- R|vcr' for plenty of 
sock melody. 

lii betweeiii the Roxyetles provide 
two good numbers, closing with the 
stirring 'Song of -the Seabees; This 
is one of the best; produced shows 
here, with action every minute. ..and 
customers going for it big. Arke. 



diverted, and the unorthodox bunch 
of . musicians mingle a few bars of 
music ' with their comedy antics, 
without rhyme or reason, but a sure 
foi -nulla for laughs; 

ritton makes the introductions 
■wilh 'a boi;cd. dead-pan expression. 
:and besides- directing Iho orch-wbrks 
in. several of the comedy , bits. 'Lad 
who gives a comedy version of 'Old 
Mail River' is one of the '"most active 
laugh-- prov okers.- as is a chap who 
jiiakes music out of VaiHou's com- 
monplace props, such as a tire 
piinip. rubber gloves, etc. He tries 
(0 go serious "for a few moments, 
while playing the Theremin, an -tin 
usual Heclrical instrument " played 
liy mbtiohs of the .hands, but even 
this attempt at straight '.music 'lias 
ils cbniedy jTiomenis 
;Brillon. gives; 'em several tunes 
All-Negrfl show . has taken over.; from a rccenily conlplolOd pie. '' id 
the.Orphcum stage jKfet week and ; iiig High.' ■ iri ■ which', the band ap- 



Orpfi 



■■('Mill. 1 

Los' /iiiacies.' 7. " 
■ Erskine Haivkins Ori-li i 1C' . len- 
(uriilg . Jtitieti baser.. Edd'm . McC'oii- 
■ney. Paul ; BascOTiibe.' Bobbj/ Smilli, 
Wilbur Briscoiii'bi'. ■ Jinniii). M'u.iheil; 
Gene Roberts; ^Hank James.. Mabel 
Seotl, 2 Zephyrs; -The Mantrap': 
iRep) . ; - 




orchestra, a solid group of IK jiving- closes with all looiers,wcaring wigs 
.musicians who can blow it long and : si inula liin; classical composers-.. Wag- 
loud or soft- and sweet. : | ncr. Sou-- ; ii. Liszt, elc. and winding 

. Show bounces, off. to . auspicious ; up \vil|i a -jam ,scssibn.\whioh had llve 
start .with 'Kansas,! feafuring Julion ,i hoys hanging' each . other on, the 
. Daseiv. on -. the lehor sax. Eddie Mc- i lieaci. Ilriovving chairs, busling a vio- 
Conhey on,- drums and Paijl. Bas-' 1 in over y ' inusicianls noggih. and 
' combe on.'allo sax.; .Change of pace ' .then, pnimdiiig out .'Anvil ^Chorus' 6n 
spots 'Bear Mash Blues-' hi. si-cOnd- h.is cnihiiim. L/cavbs "em laughing 
place, with. Bobby Smilh on alto and ' "' • " 



■Hi, <iiarl«s«i. ^i. O. 

• ; . New Orleans, Oct. 29; ■ 
7na Ray Button Orch. Kim Loo 
Sisters (3), Al Si Margie -. Gal.i'.iii, 
Stuart' Fosler; 'The McGuerjns. Jrom 
Brooklyn' \VA ) . . 



Crack show all th'e'way and with 

glehty ' of h.o. socko. Blonde Ina 
ay : . Hutton's crew drew packed- 
houses oh opening day iFriday) and 
indications are that' top business will 
prevail during, this bngagement. Gal, 
with nifty chassis and gown that, fe- 
veals plenty, does a hangup job as 
m.c. "Her orch has plenty on the. ball, 
but would be better with the brass 
subdued -a' bit. 

Slopping the show ; when caught 
were the Kim Loo Sisters., who got 
plenty of palmwhackiug , for their 
warbling and terping. especially for 
their rendition of 'Pistol Packin 
Mama.' The trio almost tore the 
house, down, with the tunc. 

Al and Mai'gie Calvin, deadpan 
comics, click heavily- Willi their .own 
version of an .Apache dance and 
some tapping which includes a lot of 
rear kicking. and clowning which the 
nlob seemed to enjoy'. 

Stuart -Foster has nice pipes, aifd 
wins big hand with several pops. 

' ; '.-.'-, LiltZ. 



l!ie swocl stuff with a. minimum of 
rl icki nbss.- Southpaw ' maestro • turns 
in. his -Usual mellow fiddle stint and 
gives the unit a decided: lift via his 
ingratiating • personality and boyish, 
clear! cut appearance. 

■Band gels under way with Lpng!s 
standard ■ theipe'.. "Blue Skies-.' ..; and 
then modulates 10: opening bar's , of 
'Sunday, Monday or Always.'- fading 
to the background .for leader's .string 
workout on 'My Buddy.' Long also 
'gets . in a ; pilch oil 'Mighty- Lak" a. 
Rose.' both solos rating a good hand- 
Palli Dugan -fills in; for the tcnime 
■vocals and; delivers wilh 'In My 
■ Arnis.' 'Stormy W.eaihel-,' and 'Either 
Too; Young or Too Old!' She's, a cute 
trick- with .nice mike, mannerisms 
and a good /pair of pipes. . 

Gene Williams, who handles the 
ballads: had the femmcs- all a-twitter 
with his. carbon phrasing of . Frank 
Sinatra arid had to dally through fiv% 
l 1,s i numbers before • the . pantywaists- 
' would let -him. off. ■ Guy not- only 
stick*; to Sinatra standards ('Where 
or- When' 'Paper Doll!' 'All or Noth- 
ing at 'All.: etc.) - but reflects, his 
stance and mike personality' . with 
sedulous attention. To the moppets 
who frequent -this house it's a mat- 
ter of a road company 'Sinatra' being, 
•belter than none at- all.. 
. Williams also lies/jin - with, the 
band's mixed quartet for its lone 
nuniher. 'Funiculi. Funicula.' It's a 
warmed-over disli that isn't particu- 
larly impressive. 

Ladd Lynn Whips 1 up a balancing 
act. with four bottles., a- table, a chdir 
and a stooge, plant- being s,uch a slick 
job that there's no hint. of. a give- 
away until Lyon himself calls the 
turn near, the close of. the act. Bal- 
ance' stuff isn't hew, but novelty 
aspect of act wjns a nice hand. 

The Imdgin'aiors . clown through 
their synchronized .panlomine of the 
'Andrews Sisters, the Merry. Macs, et 
al. . Appropriate sound is furnished 
by out of sight records, a : fact that 
isn't announced.. As a result., most 
of the house was kidded into believ- 
ing (hat the boys ; were also giving 
out with the music. The illusion, at 
any rate, is slick enough. ' - Trio 
worked three numbers for a good re- 
ception. ' ' jona. 



■ < api<ol. WaNli. 

s ' . ' Wnshiiicrlov,. Oct. 29. 
'"- Woody Heriua'n Orch with . Chiibbv 
■Jackson; Marion Daiiiels. 'Frances 
Wayne. Paul Wincliell, Art ' roion; 
'Dr. 'Gi/les it's.':' Criminal ■ Case' 
i.M-G>. ~ ■:. 



Wilbur Bascolhbe Oh. irumpcl 
Leader Hawkins.als'o culs. iri with Itiij. 
trumpet to keep the blue : noles > roll - 
iiig. Next out is .'jloasing: iobliiig-.on 
'Don't. Get Around Much Anymore.' 
■ 'I've Got! Rhythm' features, boogie 
woogie 88'ing of Piiiiiisl Gone 
Roberts, a king-si/.cd musician who 
gets plenty of rTiylhm dul of a Slein- 
way. Sock wirid.up is Hawkins-own 
Tuxedo: Junction/ ' played for full 
effect In the. staging and .leaving a 
housefull of. satisfied 'cats.' ■ 
; Jimmy Mitchell, ■ who doubles'. On 
vocals and sax, encored wilh band's 



and a solid liil. .. 

B'onnfb B;:l>cr: pcliie vocalist wilh 
a radio, rep.: gives bill" with' usual 
repertoire.-. 'In My Arms.! 'Lilac 
Tiro.' -'Billy; aiul Ihe inevitable 'Oh. 
Johlipy.' She pleased' 'em plenty.. 

Ci.irr Brolhcrs. comedy aci'obalici 
loauii- decked .' sailor "anils', also 
sock with .. this ?udiencb. - . Their' 
.straight hand ' . balancing included 
sonic, sluhls-.lhal appeared difficult; 
and Iho patrons appreciated skill and 
effort- put forth. Their lifts and falls, 
langliug. themselves in all sorts of 
-positions, win them a big hand. 
' : '. •"- •:'■" ' Hold. ' 



■ - ; Damp, skies couldn't slop, the sol id 
senders: who .were -out. in force to. 
greet Woody Herman's; band, this 
week-. . Art Brown puis the; audience 
in a receptive mood with a comedy 
organaloguc/ .lhivi.: introduces the' 
band. .. Sam Jack Kaufman's, niclody 
; markers aic on vacation this woek. 

^Miiesd-b ■ Herman opens '.wilh ;mim-' 
bers which, his band has ; populaVi/.ed 
• includiiig ! Frcnesi." . 'Blues- in' the 
Nighl.' 'AmeiV and lues on Parade! 
I; "i(h the slick :waver doing the sblb- 
' i-ng. -r Theu; a- -session : wilh Chubby 
Jackson rolling out 'Murder on a 
G. ■ Striiig; followed by sonic hbt 
stuff - with the. dr.uin a.iid . percussions 
Which ■ had the hejjcalx hooraying. 
Frances Wayne.- deep: throated singer 
and new with the band gave, out' in 
•People Will Say'. -Sunny Side or the 
Street' and 'Stormy Wea(her." 

' Baud had line specialties lb back 
up. musical numbers. Marion 
Daniels is the most agile and lirnbet 
dancer-, seen ;here in some liriie: 



«kri4>n|al. i'hl 

Chicnoo, Oct. 29. 
Al De.rier &■ Te'.Trts. Troopers (or 
Hi. Lo. Jack & the D/imo, ■ Hurry 
Savoy U'il/i- . /fe.'en.o ' -1/ofwn, June 
Slate.- Carlton . Emmj/ ■■Madictiys- 
'Sherlock! Holmes Faces ;Dea(h'- iU)'. 

. Vaudeville isn't dead, it's sinipiv 
hiding from-Al Dexter and his Texas 
Troopers, who. without a doubt." -are; 
the ;malc .counterparts of the rnow 
departed Cherry Sisters. ■ 'Not in a 
long time has/ an ; act. so -devoid of' 
talent held: live boards of , this lliva- 
U'c. Even the easily .pleased:- regu- 
lar patrons.. Went out mumbling to 
themselves and the. consens'us. of 
opinion was that 'Pistol Packin' 
Mania' has been shooting the wrong 
way. '.; However, (he appearance 6t 
four good acls .make the bill worth 
while. .:.-': - : - 

Curtains . upoii;. - on ihe . house 
orchestra. . directed; -by Ray Lang ,'■■ 
utlired. in- western blouses in-iiii In- 
dian:- selling. v jHii'e : Slate .'proves 
an attractive itom 'ii.i opening --slot 
with a. neat line; of tap pattern's that 
hit .the fancy of Iho 'customers; Her 
closing' ..'routine, done to a. group of 
service sonrrs.' . hov bit to wblji- 
earned ilppl'AUse; 

Carlton Enimy and :his Madwags 
Has -eiri- laugliuig a plenty. J-Immy 
puis, his canines 'thi^iugh' . . great 
routinc'ot tricks such as rolling and: 
jumpiiig with cpniody cITecl to good 
results'. -A hit. 

Al Dexter and his Texas Troopers 
bog' down the bill in the next spot'.; 
By.no stretch of the imagination can! 
lliis act be called jenlerlaihhienl. All 
the; group pbssesscs. is ah. abundance, 
of nerve; Laboriously wont, through 
roiir numbers ii^cluding 'Rosalita.' 
a banjo nuhibcr; 'Wine. Wpmoi) . and 
Song' and the act's only bi to fame, 
a; nasal rendition of .' islol ■ Packin" • 
Mamma' by Al Dexter lh:i(. bibuiiht 
them, the best haild of thbir s'ov'eral 
futile minuibs on Iho slano. .. 

Harry Savoy, who Ijas been master 
of ceremonies up; to now. is. one of 
the- brightest spots on 'the hill .will), 
smart material, doliyerod as only a- 
■veleran vaude.villian c-ii.n .'and- .his 
clever , ■ buffpnery ,. ; unfinished:. , sOn- 
tences and gags had Iheni literally' 
rolling in the aisles: Ilo is ably as- . 
sistod: by "Heleiie Hbgan.; tail blonde., 
in -a couple of bits aiid for a solid/ 
hit. • ' ;:- ; ••-.. '.. 

Hi. Lo. Jack and the Dame close 
with workmanlike harmonizations of ■ 
'Cecelia,' 'In Mv Arms.' .'Wliiil ' Do 
You. Do Iii Ihe Jnfanlry' and- "While . 
Christmas': to heavy applause'. 

. Stage show is preceded by: a: com- 
munity, sing lo organ acco.mpani- 
riicnl of Preston Seller's. Mary. : ■ 

Hipp. Hallo 

BallimoTo; el. 30. 
. Busier Vl'oxl ' and. Lucille- .Page-. 
Arlie Do Mil. Llo|/cl & Willis. Paul 
Sydell and. Spottu'. Hi/llbn Sislcis 

(3)Felice litla .and. House prch 1.12'-: 
'A' Lady Takes a Chniicc" K > 

t2nd tol.'.) : 



Orphcum, Omaha 

■Omaha, Nov. 2. 
- Cy Landry, Be/h Dodoe,' Cnprino 
Sisters. The Novellos, Jeavetle & 
Richards, Dorothy Byton Girls 110); 
Dr. Gillespie's Criminal' Case' 
(M-C). . 

After many months of straight 
band shows Ihe- Orpheura went to 
its old policy of straight yaude and 
pictlu-cs for. this -.'week' with amazing 
b.p. resdlts, Show works wilh orch 
in the. pi.l. opens with only an m.c. 
.introduction and roll's through on a 
i-isihg-.lide. of interest arid apprecia- 
tion on. the part of' the audience. . 

Cy Landry's dancing, singing and 
eccentricHi.es-; goals; the customers' 
and 'brought in flocks bf kids after 
word "got arpiind. The Novellos, who 
work with, walking-; ladder, trapeze 
and- an cdiicated ' ladder-climbing 
dog., have the same effect on the 
juvos. Adults like the act, too. 
: Jcanetle and 'Richards scpre with . 
dance routines, especially the strip- 
tease, burlesque and the Mexican 
clap-clap. number. Act is dressy .and 
makes .'ah incongruous ' effect : with 
contrasting -stumbling semi -acro- 
batic .stunts. . • 

Capririo Sisters, close harmonists' 
wilh . trained voices, do okay with 
'C-iribiribin' done in spirited 1 fashion-." 
One of . Hie ; girls carries off- individ- 
ual honors at the piano with a sock 
.arrangement ; o'f the army air crops: 
song.- Go; over big". : ' 

Both. Dodge sang '1875'. iong 
iHuding the bonds that cost lh.it 
much, lopping with whistling rendi- 
tion of the 'Indian Love CaTr- from. 
'Rose Marie' that -brings. Merited -ap?: 
plause. " :■-.• -. '■' ... - : 
' Dbrolliy " By ton -Girls.: decorative 
and agile, work in and out of the 
show. Their principal number- is 
'In. "Tahiti/ a fullsta»o effect wilh 
phos'phor.espent illuminations and 
Working up to some, lively modern 
tap and ballet arrangements. 



New' layout booked in to' round 
out h.o. of film. . is slandard' vaud'e 
which plays briefly and well enough. 
It's paced by Artie Dann. hardwork- 
ing emcee from. the., nileries w ho 
handles himseK all right and gels 
results. 

Nice opening by Lloyd aiid Willis.- 
mixed , dancing duo who do rriodorn 
ballet and rhythm tap' set okay mood 
for rest of bill. Hylton Sisters fol- 
low '. with good' Vbc.il ai'range- 
itienls of some original material an 
bang out a pleasing session. Do 'In- 
My Arms,' The OOmph Girls.' .'I'd 
Rather Be a Private' and 'Seventeen 
and .Old Maids.' all in a. nice groove 
and well received whev caught. 

Paul Sydell and .his balancing 
pooch supply considerable appeal 
and a solid spot which . holds well 
with - Dann's extended contribution 
next. ; .Talcing apart a song medley 
is old stuff but he gets the. most out 
of il 'and his closing. bit about hands 
Is on the beam and good for a scries 
of bends. Lad: is pressing a bit loo 
hard and: should ease up for belter 
results, - 

. Buster. West and Lucille,: Page' 
close and it's-.- the same routine as: 
caught here before^ but -potent 
enough to give' a strong. finish, lo the 
show. .West gets' laughs with his 
clowning ' and tricky hoofery and 
Lucille -Page . contributes', two: sockb. 
aero routines which highlight the. 
■act;'' 

Biz okay. urnK ; 



Kvilli'N. In<lpK. 

' /ndidndpolis, Oct. 30. 

■ Chester i'federicks &. Kau - Wilson. 
Sid Blake: Joe.tc Joey Mdct, Faust's 
Puppets, 3 Tdiics, Ole Olegario. Ed, 
Crime' IRep). 

.Keith's pieced -together- a varied 
show, of standard vaude-'for the !lal ; 
ibwe'en ;tradc. While it.- riiade [no 
effort, beyond Ihe lianie, 'Hallowe'en 
.Gauibbls.' to: tie'in with the carnival 
spirit.- weekend merrymakers, .found 
it to their likin . Comedy "aiid nov- 
elty acls dbminale the bill.- 

■ Sid Blalfe, gets : tlie; biggest ieeepr, 
tipri in his dual role as lop.Coniediah' 
and / emcee, serving ably in 'bplh 
capacities.' Blake has a particularly 
smart number in which he requires' 
the aid of jour -genls f rom the au- 
dience to help him in aii iinil.aiion 
of Aihos and Andy characlersl He 
lines-, theni up iii trick hals; then 
-'stands behind, (hem; doing. his vocal 
imitations wliile (hey make Ihe; IiP 

(Continued 6ii page 41) . 



Wednesday; November 8, 1948 



41 



WEEK OF NOVEMBER 6 



Numerals In connection with bills below indicate opening day of 
show, whether full or split week. 




NEW YORK CITY 

( Hlllf.il' <4) 

.■Duke- IvIlliiKluu 

:'1.»i>» lliniic 

"ln-rji Hlvei: liny.:: ■ 

1TB !.«•« Hmrn 
■ Stulr (4) 

CjiOH'I' &.Rni*s ■ 

$lli|lkry 

Idilli * B Auilirone. 



.Shaw &.T.«e. 
'.lenn Vurk«-i\. 

. wa*hin<;ton 

< in>ltnl (4) 

3 AY I ii Id' Si* 
llertiir ft I'll IX 
plrkeii's 7C- SintnionH 
Tniiiniy 1! Igif.s ■ .' ■ 
Jti..-lmr<l Ailii ir. ' 




XKW YOHK CITV 
■ rHriimmiiil (S) 
Tilt! I"k S|)ul« 
Tuny PhhI mi^- 
■ Tn.v .t Wlilir 
I h(. llennliiK 
: ( IIK . 



MIAMI 

fllyiiililn (8) . 

Vii-ioviu Tr ■' ' ' 
i'hi'j*u ; r KriMlei'ickn 
Knilkv Hdi-hii. ' 
•I.lsclti-rini He Ailnm. 
■OMAHA 
Oriilirulir (8) 
Huliliy. . I.«l>liy 

. TOI.MM) ' -'•' 
I'HrHiilount (8) '- 
Gitalin Miller Klnittil'H 
Oi-hi'Ip Hiiri'ip Uil 
1. ..«!•, Kite <t Kuinly 



RKO 



BOSTON 
HKO (4). 
M.U UnMetl Ore 

Ann r*«i-ici 

I'm n.-t-Ji. Wills 
. ( liHt Iph Stewnrt 
J la Map Mpr*e 
WilhHinH &■ Duet 
(SB) 

Clyde T.in-HM Ore 
'The .-Merry Mii.'ji 
Low. Illie .* Sianly 
Lew Hoffman ■ 
CLKVU-AND 
Palace (4) 
■ .lfmilile Luneeford O 

.Millet: lilOH &. \aj\h 

Tlnu Dixon ' . 
BifdHirTv Sc .Tpnkln* 
I»uMy FleU-her 

(*H) 
B.Vb Allen .Ore 
Ainu 'Carney' 
Marion. Mutinn 
Mn> s»>* Sr Hriirh ■ 
:•. ( OHMHtS 
Pa Ian- <»-ll> 
Jlu^s Morgan .pre 



(*-4) 

Cab; f'HllnWHy Ore- 
. KOrilKtifKK 
Temple. (fl-7) 

T.Hwrtiice AVielk Or 



Mt'f'Oi.il £ Lin ■'■ 
Tommy Turkrr Oro 
Bend-he Xiiy'. 

■ArHdemy (1- 
Phil Ui;U„ 
• Molly J'icnn 
darkle ^if ,-ne 
Three Samu*la 
-Jim -M'iihk Tr 
■ Crolunn '■(<-«) 
Ti»d Lenrv - ■ 
-Th*v KiirullH 
Loin 

*|Vd Art Miller 
A I tVr < 'oiuile Fh iiion 
; LOMi |KI ANI> . 

JhimhIpu H-7) . 
Peitn: lie RiVe. . 
.1. Fred < "uiitM 
lleniy )l ilhul.n . 
Hriiiilninn & Liivpre 

TpiI K: Ail ,M i llor: 
MH> jlllll' Oli>IH1l 
(l-S) 

W.l'/ VhM.pry Tr ■ 
. Lyn brook (fl) 
.Mil i My ii (iuMln 
llnli. Fl\ ni) 
HHen KvjniH 
12 10 111)) . ■' 

AKRON 
Paluee (A-H) 
('ll:n |ii> UnriM't, Ore 
I, add Ly<m V 

I'l'llt'lKlfl'M ... " 

llltirlji Frunlilin 
ATLANTIC CITY 
St««l J'ler (7 Mtily) 
Riiyce lrfPi»rl 
l>ukp Art. Jr. Co . 
Th*> Bi Ih ni «« 
Ho«m «S; La ri*/rre 
3 Ktl\\l»iOn MrnA . 

HAI.TIMOKK 
' HltipoOrome (4) 
S FHliMlys 
ReynolilH & "\VliUe 
PHt &. Sylvia 
< 'y .IlfPvpk 
All«i) A Kont 

Stute <4-fl) 
Al T.lbby A. Betty 
J^oii* Lee 



Reic i B'eViy I'uwers 

FALL H1VKH 
Km (lire? ( *- i > . 

Hnbiii»»rr . ■ ■ . ;* 

FltlOf r A lliunti ■• 
Hilly 'llr»ye» * 
Oftlll SJs. 

I>uke Am* "Tr • 
IIAHRISIM Itfi 
sinVt* <h-in> 

ChIj I'lillnwjiv il|-c . 

HAKTrOKI) 

SIhU (fi-7) 
ftftniiny J\nve (jrc 

llllHKillHtni'H 

Sunny ltif*>~. 

1IOLYOKK 
llnlyukf t.1-7) 

'Hiirris'- Mergi-r . 

lithlKli'i-'M t'u i Ufl ■:' 

Smith H ILiit 

NKWAWK . 
-;AmoiiK (4) 
l|:il .Mi-lniyic t»rV- . 
Mlnfvli. h RitKi iilu v 
(iiiiy Kn niily 
.lu«'Kie <ir«?<M) 

I'ATKKSON. 
^iHjrWlr <4-n 
S.illy .Uiy St Miwdl 
:i i "n bin KM** 
■A I "I'VrnxiMin . 
Hh>: .v llnrrlKim . 
J hit ■ Wmiff- Tr' 

(8-l«) 
Al Libb>' »<■ Belly '■ . t 
(li'Oce .lohnshm 
Kdillv llanlry . 
Yonnir & k;iye 
ThtV.M<'irIinKiili>R - 
flllLAUKLI'lllA 

CnrmAp (4) 
Royce & LeI»orl 
Duke An; Jr .('n 
.Rosh & Lu Pierre ■ 
'i EOwftrda Hr<m 

Fny'n (4) 
Rurjtdy .TobnNOn Oi'c 
.Tbe BiinniB 
Holmen & Jenn 

spkix<;kiki.i> 

Court Hq (4-6) 



ciub'ie 

Roy SiOlt/y 

. Vince Curran ' 

Jt<e Fi \sp . 

Hl.-k5.in' . 
Gftye' Dixon 
Gordon Anqrewa O 

Club 01 . 
Fr.mklo llycrt 
Pnt HnninRion ■ 
.MiM-jnr: in ' )tii]| 
SunrtiK. SIimw 
.PepKy O'N.iU 
Mn'i ;p -M- i "nil . 

Club l-?-8 
Rofier SonriVB 
Mj:n : )C!ni»'«lry' 
T.itiiiH':ib(tiin 
•7f<e 10. ■!.(■«; pr. 
It WillivMiifi 'I'r! . 
Hi.i rv .S.y . 
I> n y.Hi'u.'.I*^ 

J.ibt. ri«s" 
Win i'i .f<^-]c''V 
S'nuibA SirmR. . 
>'(«Hny. Kei^liH Ore 
t'rRnK Mhril Ore 

Con RmijrV . 
Elntne iiarrc:*. 
■Dirk" ,TVilson Orch 
Uo\-.i bizony . 
: .IncK Den>pney*B 
Victory Boys & Girl 
Air l.hn^ a 
Hon Bnlier ■ 
Harbftry CoeM Poy5 
Dlnmnml - nor^edline 
Jl.ib . H^ll ' . 
Vivien K;iy . 
AloidVhi Ran* 
Rom {tl.i'. .. 
KcltU.llall 
>Sylyin HftrtT 
Many Meehnn 
.Tn mes 11. Allison 
Four rtowo ■ n-tiflN . 
Will . Qu^iuineyer 
RoKaVie Cra nt . 
BilW nnnlifl 
Hobby DnvlB 
FiAntAji, MenOeiBon 
i**)»hv Won 
Vjn ' Tiftvern Orch. 
.llmmy , Dvryer'i 

Kve ( yn- Tlv«»< k \ 
l.u'M Gorily 
S5n(;lnc WaUera' 

W Thlfo 
SiiHlrt. Ibt-i'ia ■ 
L'afj "Dob Marias 
Pilar Viontoz 
rtelnnl'lo Hcnrlquez 
.luii n .IhNP. ^ii ro 
The Cuarteto Llrlco 
Mnd do Moraes Orr 

El Morocre 
Cliauucey Grey On 
Chlnul.to Ore 
An 'I re Bo do 
Chartea InwaltJ. 



BOOKING THE NATION'S LEADING INDEPENDENT 
VAUDEVILLE THEATRES 

EDWARD SHERMAN AGENCY 



NEW YORK 

PARAMOUNT tUILOINQ 



BEVERLY HILLS. CAL 

' CALIFORNIA BANK. BLDB. 



Riiblniiir - 
The.-Ke.mniy. 
A'mI IvviiiK 



Southern 



\\I.A1IA.MA . . 
HIHMINGII.VM, 
1'hiiIhkc (12-13) 

Evfi-ybmly SwlnK 
<;.M>M)KN 
Ifuilmli'n .(.ll> 
;vt-c> linily Kwiiiif 
MOIIII.K 
. I.vrl.- (11-M> 
'uliii's. Aiiii'i-iviittn, 

CI.ORIIIA 
.1 «( IvHONVII.I.K 
iVmple (10) 
Dmii l*irt-1i n v v 

<iK(>K<i|.\ 

. MmlJi'Mku (11-13) 

Jin I'armle <>r 1!>(3 
SAVANNAH 
ltljnu (10-1S) 

<5hk» « OnlH 

VOKTIlrAKOI.lNA 
ASIIKVIIJ.K 

liiix» (7) ' 

Adir l^tiluii'd Or*v 
<j|AKI.OTT»-: 
Hrnmlwny (12-13) 
Show. 1"hni> R*»v ■ • 
<-ON«'OHI» 
I'Hmmount <K) 
Ev« ; i'>boily'S\vlliK 
HHKF.NSHORO 
Niillonrtl (lu). 
Atla. l^dnurO <jv: 



SAI.IHHI'KY 
: Nil*' (*) 
K\'t*i'yUtiily Swlnn 
M'll..MIN<iT<»N 
.Cnriillnn (l't-14) 
NiiiikIhv Hui N'lrl' 
SOI Til' CAKOUNA 
ANUKKSON. , 
CrllrrldU (1(1) 

lilt I'MIHllfl Of l!M3 

■fllAHI.KSTON 

Vlvtnry (H-ll) 
Niui^lM y H»i ■ S'K-e 
COI I'MIIIA 
Ciirollnii (Ml) 

Kvi-i-vIiimK SwillK 
tiKKKNVII.I.K 
frnlcr (ID' 
A .In I ..'i.ik, r. I (li r 
•Sl'A'KTANIU K<; 
Slide IH) 
' Ail.'r I.|.iiii:ii-«I (>rc - 

TKNN+ISS.KK 
• <-|IATTANOO»;\ 

IIIJr.il (0). . 
FijUifH Amerli'iitm 
KNOXVII.D.K 
IIIJlill (H) 
FuH'cw An>«-i , ('"iiHK 
VIIKilM.V 
ItANVII.I.K 
Hllillo (11) 
sh.iw 'I'iiuV li^v 
ROANOKK 
Itfinnnkr (1.0) 
Shi.w. Time 71rv ' 



Warner 



M41V YOKK CITY 
„. Slriind. (Ji) 
Shop I'leldj. On: 
Tile Mmtjv Mkih ■ 
Sibyl Unwun 
I* Syildl * SpoKy - 

SKiiiiny K<iy« Ore. 
S'u-H S Kiijinoiiil . 
I'VlH -Sue.- 

VASSAIC 
■ WMni («>■ 
. J-'y"" I.iicbk Ore 

f-iirr KrfivH viiii-:. 

«"rry Hro's 
MiialKi-x-.ft nnllln. 

J'l iii.ai»;i.i>iiia 

. Allenhrny -C-l-d) 

' nlllllUflH 

■[•.'■ w. ir«iffmnn 
J'Alsy Hii unpr 
•SillHiilr.-ft t.t-Hoy 

' ».«n Ali.xnnili'r 
(<»-80) 

. K)i.;iikiy ■ 

AlHlKic Siii]ih 
•Ifriy .| iPW |» . 
}\'«lly AV„,«i. .< 
-A 111 n Ki*nt . 

Km rlr. (.',). - 
•inn liaibnr Die 



itiiy .Killing 
\Vi»m:.^. Fii^e ■ 
l.'.uiir.o fc-rimrlQ 

' <•*(•> 
rtloii' i'Ii^ij Ore' 

liliff PllVIK . 

I(ullili> llHrni^K 

H Mill, r ^ Al line 

riT'i'sm Hen 

: SlHnlry CR) . 
flli'ii (Iniy (.ire. 
Itufi' iiyln 
■11 hi hli. ,: l(n i-.Tirii. 
)( .MMIi>r ^ A i line 
. I TM A 
. Sllinlcy (l!-4) 
:lnn i : iri-lj.-i- 

.I'hui'i-'h \- Unit..; 

Ilptitvv VouiiKniidi 
. WASHINGTON 
; Hirle («) 

niiM.U-.MiH ■ 
KISmlivKIMCI- 
l(.;ily IIiiIIk '. 
V\-Hl'tl*r .Ihifi 1 AVnlil 
H. Ily -In i>.- Sniliir 
(211) 

H"\v. : lU's . >. ■■ 
Kili-fii llilli-r 
K..IK HollH 
WiiIim- Dii !■<■ AV:i lil. 
H.-lly .T^if- Sinilll 



Younir it Kay« ' 
Kuulpo Sin 

(J-16) 

Bob Cooffey . : ' 

WHlly naiid . 

CaKs Br 6 Marylyn 
HOBTON 

Hrndrunl llutrl (4) 

Ariiniil .Urn. . 

KIoh nnr Tetmnii 

Hirrnfli'il l)Hn«-ers'. 

Mhriiintip ■ - 

HRIIXiKrOKT 
l.yrli. (0-7) . 

Guy .Nliii.iji*«- H?v.' 

l ; olllni< fi rel^i-KUii 
CAM HEN • 
■ .To'tvcr* (fl-7)' 

■T Tr.Hil Jt Mi<-k«>y 

• rcorice ItorllVli . 

N'phIih- & n.ulllilH 

Kililii'' llniili-y.l'o 

(i -Ill-bill iiiicm 

KI.I/AHKTH 
l.lbrrlv (4-7) 

T<-.l l.i-Hiy 

i':trl Mollison 

:( Clniri; Six . 



.Tosl* 1 TbOrpe ^ ■ 
Fred- Roner - 
A' B Mhit.uk Hrv . 

WASHINGTON 
Howard (4) 
Ellille Ddrhnni 1)0 
Ella FllzK<Ti.M 
l 'lark IlrAK 
■Kay & Knrol ' 
J.UUlft M.'Hl i.lc : > 

WATERHIiHY 
I'nll'a (S-4). . 
Ciny NlnVileM Hvv 
i. r olHiis. A IVlermin 

WOONSOCKKT 

New Turk- (0-7) 
Qny . NlnerlcH -Rev. 
AVOOSTKK 

riyiiioiilli (1-3) . 
Ilnl Mrlnlvri- ll.l 
IliiriiVinika * Kn>«:itlH 
l 'li l h*.|'hip lliii'i'ili 

VOI NOS'TOWN 

1'HllK'* (drill. 

i^lm i-l i if llni'ti<-.l nr.- 

1 .11. I.I I. v.. 11 
1'rr.ti.iiilM'f 
iMoirn !*'r.iiik]ln 



Cabaret Bills 



NEW Y0SK CITY 



... Alglerii 

Riil C»lii84 Oro 

i imiiliH ]<»ye 

Mollif Ttiwne 

.in n<» -t.iwi*ii - ■ 

R«K''»'' l*'ivyen 

Ai l bur Jii-nsun ' ,'. 

Aniinrlum Refit. ; 
M I'.iwoll Manhicfl 
.li-irv .MjintanriH R«l 
K>teHe.& Or*.- ; 

. ArniRtidn't 
Ami Knincln© 
.Geo Morris Ore 

RrI Tnlwrln 
Roy Douplna 
( tlf/A Suriiez 
8 .MbhimnrU/t Gle 
1 Arum . *»* Siin'nioiiH 
j .Ih« U linri:[e 
Lou ITaroiil Ore ; 
Ftiiirk Winren Ore 
lllll llertnlmtra 
N«>rnia. Rayjiiond 



.lo 



■Hue AniceT 

< "netho . 
Kvt-lyn K nlKbt 
llelfii lliivve 
Stuart Robs 
Ellis .Lni'kiiiH' ". 
■ Core RoHely 
-. <Mli1(nwni 

lYn/.fii Sroil '■ ... 
Mlhlif-.l { Hnll^y" 
John- Seb.n Mian 
.h.lniny WlllinniK Tr 
Tcd/ly Wilson Ore- 
Cafe 5-oelety 
(VHlnce) 
Pearl Priniun 
Milry I.oii Wllllnma 
plivIlN Si(-u-aii 
■.Tosb Wblto ■ . 
F^Ulle I^ywond Ore 

CHfUlbtntirn 
Fnnrbon . 
Wllma Cox; 
Cbfintlrloera . 



NMV YORK CITV 
^ Aln-li- Hull (4) 

J]iin<vinH- -lvUeiifi-4 
K*-n hnvldson 
Jnhn S*-ott 



Min u W'i I M.iiii.^n 
E'i *"li.*is Sit-ilt* 

. itxy i'M - 
n.n)>|v Kiivc 
'.> ■ Sli;i;l*->". 



FLORETTA and BOYETTE 

. TOURING WITH 
"HOBBY' LOBBY" SHOW 

ilabft In the Spring 
iXreillim of: KIHU 10 SMITH 
riiNiimiunt IHillillnif, Nf\v Vurlt 



"Lnurn iLsop 
'\'iiu-»-tii ; Picri'o 

Sully ■Ou'KiwJn 

Muya Girford 

r^orcLia I Jin • 

Vinor 

Don Si I vlo Ore ' 
nobcrlo Ore 

nnriv c*nj fiiiv 

Klbcl f;ilb';rt ' 
,i..:in. H.'illy 

r'liHi-lrfc. Ri-.-vtT 

IJi.-niie Oniurr 
■H.miiI.] w;:ii.ni 

' t l:-yU )t>sv.i'.-' 
i 4, ih rji »- S: r'.-t'i.i 

\Uv 
It .1 .Ktls'-V. ' 
■;.-»y ii'i'a CJ'nii (fin 



■id 



Mnrk Moote'n Ore 
Kftlplt Funt 13d 
- Ch a bnl i 

Odi-rio; Albnfi- 
Le.'o Kuhh, 'i 
Ui'iiny Vutcn Ore 

I'lininu KUMfie . 
Num ;TBrasijv;i • 
■I'mnt rl .Mai i i'Miko, - 
Ni.'bolas ' KV.'id.irih 
.\ .Vi-i.n ll^ Hiillrl 
\ : l(i<ln.iii l.a/.Jin.'V. 
C. ' ,""W| < >• b tt *;rc 

"'('prill fi'ft 
Garland Wilson 
IMdto St"o!« 
Mae nurji* 1 . 1 ' 
sbirkv V'onklln 

> i..-:- -A- 



Folic* Hcrtyer* 

Sully RhihI . 
Oininofid Uroa ■ 
Hen DovoV 
Wdlly «««K 
Finni'-eH' llnidtrnon 

Nfi Viil . i ';id*rt« 

< 'linvf-z 'i mt 
Marty Gold Ore 
(jreennlt'li Vlllttfe 

. Inn:- 
.Hurry Wtnid' 

-Fhimi V(-nioff- • 

tiuLii-GuUl 

S»nnn\ Mhi-h 

Mlldroil Kay Gla 
*NTd. HH'rnlpy-Or«r ■ 

K) Rbumb'ib'rtir* -' 
llitvnnn-Miidrld 

A iiifi'ii'ii . i 'rertiio 

Lmm < i.ivdHH 
,.\I.*u to v h< JCniz 

Kiinioti Tadiljo 

Rnlnildu 

Ifll.liu Siilazur 
.MHyii ore 
OnNis Varelaa 
: Hotel AMor 

. (Ahior Knor) 
(TuliimljiHti Hmnn) 
Touiiny Tucker Ore 
A my A ru<dl 
Jone M<irn.iid ' Ore.- 

CotikMH l«una;e 
Dirk Kuhn 

Hotel flelinont 
. Plnxit 
(Glnaa Hat) 
*\n ey Tulna . 
tiin> ;</ Lynn ■ 
•'Jij.vlt* '. Itul/biiia 
'IVf-ry l.(i w lor 
Ja- k Kdivni ilj* Orch 

. Ilutel llirtmnr* 
Carol Lynne 
Roy. If caihartoQ Ore 
H otel Cnniniotlore 
(Century Knoih) 
V.'iukIiii .Mnnrfip Orr 
Mfturl<;f <V: Mnryeh 
.l^n'H" W'-nri'H -■ • 
f tn >* Armll 
Murphy SiN- 
Itoroiliy. Keller 
Mlahel Gorn»r Orch 
Hotel Dlsle ■'. 
(Plnntnllnn Boom) 
Al -I'vaco. 

Ilolel Fillaon . 
RyH'n*Hnri i»n i in* . 
Hotel Eoaei Ifmja* 
. (CaAlnu. on Piirlt) 
rtarry \Vln»on Ore' - 
.foan Murray 
Ja«'l<- Kerr 

note! I^ilnclnn : 

fllaxrAllftn. Rm) 
Lanl Mclntyre Oro 
Lelahrl 
Monilkal 

Uotef Lincoln 
(nine R.Mttri) . 
Georgia Auld Or.rh 

Hotel MrAlpln. 

(Marine. Grill) 
Olhdys. Tell ■ '■ ■ ■ 
JflbT>ny Mcsaner Ore. 
Hotel New Yorker 

(Tcrrnra Rnomt v 
R lioMilnifiu o.j« h 

\lu I \ -LtMl I ln'\i ;.nl 

Tlrno \v:Hinm.*; 
.\t.ijv -Jn.no Yeo- 
).l< b Rii<j.i IF . 

■Hnl» R/ilVud 

.l>-rt\ Mul"* 4 * 
M'M*y. .lane La waon 
nilly P':(eryon 
A 1 1 PauImjII f)r**h 
Pe>pr KW.t Oi'^li . 
lintel Pnrk Cent". 

frnonnniit Urine 1 . 
Hf.bby Mu I'uo' d " 
>; iv i m i m \ . 

(Ravii'i Pnlni" ' 
Rpirllinp fitnvd\ -.' 
F!o ILirr 
r*ui> k liouail 
T.I .^a. ' a- vdl 



Uolel renuayivMiito 
(Caf« Roogo) 

T noisey Orch 
llotet rierre 
. (CotlllloD Room) 

Rafdta, St Mii'ko ' 
Fred St B Barry 
Murnarei.Sv'iilt 
Forresi ( (Oiidv.noush 
Klu'y i.'rHWford 
Stanley Melbu Oro 

(Caf*f Pierre) 
RU.en Mltehell < 
Stanley Mclha Ore 
Hotel Pluvii . 

(rerhlun Room) . 
HKilcKiirde >■ 
Bub lirant Ore . 
• Hotel Itnoacvelt 
Gny l.ooibardo Ore 
Walii'r pernor Ore 
Hotel Snvoy ' IMuzn 

• (Cafe 1-onnKe). 
fTTeinenlo Ore 
Maritn ■ 

Joseph Marvin Oi'c. 

Hotel Sliiprnloh ' 

(.Satire RnornK 
Ber-inar,.. 
Tino Vulentl- 
J'aV f*'aincrui» , 
.li-rry A'annl 
IvIiir JohnKon Ore 
Hotel SL .Mnrllt 
DulorcR Del (.'annon 
Ron perry ■ Ore, . " 

Hotel *t. RorU. 
Fif-tldy 'MUlei Ore 
Tbei'dorii- 'Hruoka' . 

Hotel TnTt ■ ' 
Yliwetit Laih 1 */, Ore 

Hotel Wnldorl- 
Aatorln ' 
FrJiiik fiinuirh 
\*olk(»ff t\: Mllada 
I>n RelNinan Ore 
Mihclm .Horr Oi l c 

llurricnne 
Tod Lewis & Ore 
lti^pd Sisters 
r.i i Hltilne I>i? Rir(« 
Vmil AVhiift r' 
"iv.uiy llnle 
•HpIm: Fox - 
flmrh's \Vliiliier 
.hi in 1 -r<d»ardH 
Iceland ReHimirnnl 
Jo'c-v No.«h 
Dminy White 
RiK^letto Bros , . 
Marlyn- & Marline?. 
( oektnll Dncr.i (iJ)- 
Tod liddy'a Ore 
Anpelo Ore . 
. ' Jimmy Kelly'a 
Gtenda Hope ■ 
.leitnhje Lypne 
.lo" Ann Collier , 
.Toliri Rockwood 
Burke 2 
Terry Spike 
Repce . ' 
.Mildred Truce 
Romero &.Honjta ; 
Carter & Roas 
Lorna Rhode 
Joe Cppello Ore . 

Kelly'a Stulile 
ClarkMoriroe Ore . 
Coleman Kawliln.i 
Olnronee Prnfli ' 3 
Olnk Paiteivion 
Hilly Dunrel.-* . 
Mltia-RbupHody 
' Im Conira 
Lenny K^Tit . : - 
Oon Arres 
charroH Gil. .Ti-i 
Poll Mar Ola 
Buddy Mack 
Mnrbito Ore . 
J one Curbelo Ore 

La Mnrtlnlqoe 
Danny Thonl'aa 
Adritnne 
Floi ta ■.Vostoff 
MHiMiiilqiieena 
Max! BeiHera Oro 
.SoCfisKcs Oro 

Latin Quarter 
OeorRle .Price 
A'.-RoMn*. 
Harrison Sl Plsber 
Crlstlnnl Family 
Hollywood Blondea 
Adt'lc Paniah 
Gnudflchnilt Broa 
Bni-bnra Behnore ■ 
Four Bollerettea 
Six . Dobuione* ■ , 
GeorRla Francis . I 
Joi-'sc & Junios, 
Doit MrGrane Orcb 
,lo«p c 'vrioy. . Orr b 

Ln Vie Pnrlalphiie 
Celeste llolni ■ 

I^nn Si Rddle'ft 
Eddie Davis , 
K:tihrilne L. fhiinc 
Knbciln K' Ali' la 
A I If 'n ■* Revei 
.l;ii k' M:lim . 
Sherry Brltton 
Marvin SU 
Klilil''P Adrenn 
L«»u M»rlln f)rr. 
.Monte Carlo Henrh 
Dick Go«parre Ore 
MnrKn 

Sufulrn * -Rtinai i~ • 
Riilplr RfttRciM Bd 
Old ' n<>umanlrtB. 
Kenny Na<lell 
Fanclioh . 
Leo". Fuld 
Sad|e Banks 
Jino l^iPorte Ore 

Parla qui Cliuiite 
PreiTP ilv Calllaux 
M;.'i>ite I'dna'elle. • 
Sylvie'si; Clair'-" 
Hie hard Manning 
Jeanne Mor.iJn . 
r^eonnrd KMiot 
fnnu Jurist ' 

Queen Mary 
Noya Giecla 
Vera Nlva 
Castalne &.BaTry ■ 
Guy Martin Girlt 
Pat Clayton 
Irving Conp Ore' 
Petor Rotunda Bd 

' Rlohumba 
l'rnnr'eH' Faye. ■ 
IJcnn Martin 
Ml.flie.y Alpert 
An»l\*. AndrewK 
Albi'iio Torrea jV-rs 
/rharlcs Baum.Ore 
F''i-nund( -st Rhuiiiba- 

kojrern CoiTner 
Korn Kobblcra ■'. 
tlarry Lofcourl Oi • 
J '.t pw y r H a w a 1 1 a n h 
Victor Quartet 
Harold Green 
Rosa -Mar: Loan 
Phil D'Aroy. 

.Nh'i'rynuikftrfl 
SH; S'diotb Or*: 
nbitn Bleu 
Mjixi'iie Sullivan 
N'a/lyft Noi'Hkaya. 
li vviii. ,f*oi'ey. 
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llt-i tnan OhllVl.-ron 
Julh.iH Mi»nk 

Sforl* Club 
Rush, Smit h , Or'-li 
■Tony'M TrmiVlllr 

M'dlna' 
Mm'ut I San Ml'pji • 

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t-liiimrl Club 

Vioin .- .Ir;ff«iraon 
Hot Cha i)icw 
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Vul Oliuan Ore 

PHnelwio Ore 
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HlTel 
Boh Leo 
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Tnuimy llavden 
Mil.-, iliiih-. it 
Geiirud^. llild 
Tlip I'm nli-nx .■ 
Harry 1 loi I ii'n 
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Riirk Kii'l HubblrH 

Maurlro Jiovco 
Hill ltn;ii-y 
Ada Hi'iMVri. 
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Oro 



Swank Mob Turns Out 
For Romains'Mex Show 

•• ; , Oct.- 

.Pel ft Thealve FriincaiS rle Mexico 
ppenctl before- a- white-lie ci-ow.d of 
500 persons, who ' paid \<os 
(SIOSO 0. S,j .see local laleiii 'do 
some skelches by Jules Roiiiiu'iis. All 
p'roriis ,wei)t to the CQiiMi'iilli.-c for. the 
"Rp.<isiance. of iFi'aiice.. 

Besides Romaini. the pal lona^ivlist 
contained' the name of art'i>t Diego 
Riveni. Publicity commiUce con- 
tained the • name .of Maeda Ltipescii. 
reel-haired coiisovt of ex-kin^ Caiol 
of Rumania. Latter attended the livst 
night perfbi iriance wilK ; Liipcs'cu. 
Additional peifoimanccs by Theatre 
Fi-ancais given at popular prices. 



House Reviews 



Continued; from pare 40. ss 

Keith's, IndplM. 

inovcfhciits,, --.Both. the customei - ,* and 
the \ oluntccrs get a bang out of it. 

Chestei' Fredericks, a hoofer with' 
a sense of humor, . gets plenty of 
laughs . with his. comedy ideas, in 
which he is' ably assisted by Knye 
Wilson. Their tap rouliiios are slick. 
Johnny Faust also, registers well 
will) , his marionettes. He has some 
clever dolls . and pulls strings skiH'- 
folly. His "cast' includes - a •• clown'.- '• 

■Chinese daticcr, 'Elsie, the. Gow' an 
a concei t . pianist; which makes a 
bit With apt mimicry of a Icmpera- 
nicntal longhair- : 

The Three Tones,: vocal trio.' de- 
serves the nice hand it gets lot neat 
harmonizing ori 'Put Your Aims 
Around M.e, : Honiy.' 'Otil of My 
Die.ims' and a service medley, .loe 
;and Joey 'Mack keep, 'cm ' aniiised 

; with their, comedy acrobatics. Ole 
OlcKiirip. a Filipino,: docs li icks with 

] a yo-,vo and harmonica.. iY wa> oke 

' when caught.. ■■ . Coru. "' 



B'way Bright 

Continued from page 5 ; 



the dimout, people, were inclined to 
get off the dark street. 

A few places canvassed produced 
the following: Hurricane Restaurant 
had a good Monday, better. than av- 
erage, but the Turf eatery, with its 
front door, at Bi badway street level, 
complained that it had the. .worst 
Monday biz in 'months; Havana Ma- 
drid;. Latin nitery. had aboul. 50 peo- 
ple more, but La. Conga had its usual 
Monday crowds,' as did the .Ubangi, 
and Latin Quarter, ail along Broad- 
way. Legit theatres did plenty of 
biz. but.' it can't' be said definitely 
that it was due to the lighted mar- 
quees, although the Alvin, oft Broad- 
way on 52nd street, housing Mike 
Todd's 'Something, for the Boys,' reg- 
istered $400 /more than the prior 
Monday (25). . ; ; 

Most places noted thai it was top 
early Ip determine the exact effect 
uppn biz, but- all believed that in the 
lpng run the effect was surely tp be 
beneficial:; About, the only place 
along the stem that seemed singular- 
ly . LinafTected by it' all, , lights, elec- 
tions, crowds, elc., was Lindy's, 
• Place is closed ori-MorKlay> >~.-.- 



kniisas Cilj/. Gel. 29. 
Jtii'K- FurreU, Fay's Bbxiiio C«ls,- 
Jny Arnold, '' The Sliericoods CO, 
Barbara Cordoii, Tdtcer Orch •») 
u illi. Jack. Parks & Wttrilyii Bnl.l- 
i'ii«er; 'Sherlock Holmes Faces Deiilii' 
iU) and 'Rivenge <jf Hie Zombies' 
i Afptip) . 



ngeles, Nov. 
Lights went on again in the busi- 
ness- area, last night (1 ) for the first 
lime since rigid diinout- 'restriciiens 
were imposed. Theatres, nilerics 
and sheps blpomed irj.lo almPsi.. prc- 
Pcarl HarbPr brilliance with the 
population taking the; cue lo enter 
into the Spirit of the night. . 

.Theatres, for the most part, pulled 
on all the switches, and only few 
adhered to ' the reduced lighting 
standard. Business^/in amusement 
spots was reported slightly above 
previous Monday night figures and 
theatre . ops predicted 'brownout' 
regulations would mean increased 
biz, if Such a thing js possible. 



Tower Orch steps put this week to 
open the show with a medley of hits 
lipm 'Shpw Boat;' teeing on* a 40-/ 
minute presentation which includes- 
'four, acts and 'Discovery Nijghl' 'win- 
ner. The featured Warbler with the - 
band,; Marilyn Ballinger, takes' the 
vocal on Bill,' and wins solid palm- 
whacking after tw;o choruses. 

Jay Arnpid, On later in his own 
singing act, takes over as m.c. In- 
troduces the Sh'erwoods, two blondes 
and a man, who swing out with 
fast tapping and exhibition hoofing. 
Eddie Fay follows with his two. box- 
ing^ cats. The felines work iri a 
miniature ring, with ' Fay acting as 
second. Blow-by-blow account of 
the scrap is heard over the house 
p.a. system from backstage. The 
juves ate it up! 

'Discovery Nighf - winner is a pret-. ' 
ly brunette, Barbara Gordon/ who 
does a fast toe-tap specialty. On . 
next is Jay Arnold, who opens his 
vocal turn with 'Begin the Beguihe.' 
Ke follows with: 'Sweet Mystery of 
Life,' 'A Pretty Girl Is Like a Melo- 
dy.' .'Always,' 'When Irish. Eyes Are.: 
Smiling' and Yankee Doodle Dandy.' 
Encore is 'Perfldia.' Off after two : - 
bows. 

In closing spot, Jack Farrell and- 
partner dish out a. long line of gags- 
Farrell.. has plenty of zip, but he is . 
sadly ; iii need of better material. 
For a finish he taps out a bit of 
bopgie, carrying own.: accomp. on the 
piano.-- - 

Good house at show caught. 



Foreign Danger 

— Continued from pane 3 s 

where installed, . js. pointed out by 
N. Y. picture off icials. . 
■ Already old self-suflicirncy 

angle of the American nlm biu-iness 
is Jbeing. trotted out in difforeiil for-, 
eign. nations as an excuse to sock 
U. S. distributors. This is the old 
argument, which has been employed 
repeatedly in the past, that' U. S. 
picture companies are able to break 
even bri product in the' doiiicslic 
market: hence anything that is ob- 
tained in the foreign field is aciuul 
velvet. It all continues to be an ex- 
cuse to install high import duties, 
(|Uolas. etc.. whereby; U. SY diMrib- 
iitoi'.-. arc heavily penalized 1 for doing 
bu.-iness in the foreign, country in- 
volvcd.- : . ■ . 

. ■ Because of these slorrh clouds in. 
the foreign field, dcsplle glowing 
promises of lOp'i cobperatjon. U. S. 
picture companies are striving for 
full and outspoken j .-.representation at 
post- war parleys' when the (|ii("-tl(>ii: 
of- larifTs and resti ic'lions are '.'aired. 
While admittedly preferring an un- 
it .•trieled world market. -few Acicri- 
can film officials nia optinilHlc 
().<,'iili .tn 'envision S'li-h. 



I NEWSREELS) • * ■ 

War news, ;s usual, dominates hew 
layout herb; Nothing particularly ' 
socko. yet several clips that, arrest 
and hold.' interest. Primarily ad- 
ditional shots of the Italian invasion 
and. Italian populace reaction lo the 
entry of. the Allies. Townsfolk are 
shown in lpng lines, ready to voliinr 
leer as laborers, working under the 
Allies in rehabilitating bombed areas. 
This Fox clip should settle /or all 
limes 'any questions as to the Italian- 
populace feeling toward I he 'in- 
vaders. 

Allied assault .On 1 Wake Island 
'I'athc ) is alst plenty: aclipnful,' with 
i lie Yank.s turning tables rin the Japs, 
routing them and'. 'consequently -ful- 
filling the declaration of -General--. 
MacArthur, when forced to Ciipilir- 
late to the yellow-bellies, We will 
be back.' 

j On the documentary side. is 'Arctic . 

I Passage,', latest short of R.KO's . 'This 

I Is America' series. . It's the saga.. of.. 

. the. Alaska Highwky cohslruclion 
and: holds: .interest throughout. 
Graphically depicts, hazards, and 
hardships which 'Army engineer' 
corps encountered in completing ihis. 
Alcan . project Shows htiyz-'all con- 
cerned pilched in with full slea 
ahead and literally accomplished a 
miracle jn completing : job in six. 
■months that had been figured to re- 
quire, two years.' ; ... '. 

Par clip .show.s Yonk: and ^Chinese 
troops readying for . a . forthcoming" 
Burma Ssaull on the Japs, while/Fox 

- iolurizes Yank assault on Ihe'Gtr-': 
man .industrial center of SchweirifurU 
Another by Par shows: wha.i young- 
sters, of Russia are contribuTirtg to- . 
ward rebuilding of strafed city of 
Stalingrad. .. . 

WAC's pistol practice ; 'Par), 
gridiron combats of previou 1 - week 
iFox. -Ui. Lew Lehr comic briefie' 
i Movietone) and Navy Day parade 
in N. Y. (Pathe) are among other 
inlercstihg "and timely, clips. 

Paul Schubert handles the News . 
Forum again „nd d.oes a al'gup job 
on theorizing Allies possjb'c stW-ont 
\ia thc'Balkans. H.e citcs : lirat with 
troops- .now :in Italy this wo'ikl be » 
[):i- ; |.ov«'r. 



42 LEGITIMATE 



Wednesday, November 3, 1913 



Plays Out of Town 



A f onn«*«'tl«-ul Yankee 

•Philadelphia, .Oct. 28. 

UlOiavd, 1<"iIk«ms pro lui-tliiu ot inusn i) 
n'dapiniain uf \ .Mark T\ynln"*' iit.ni y li* ty.'*' 
aola (7 acenesi. PYamreH Vlvioiiuc. Si-n t ri 
and Hl»-k I'ur.iii. Il.i.:. !•>-, Hei'l.eil Kie.,1-: 
liiuair. lilitlaril KiidKei-.: lyrl'-s. I,nreiiv. 
Marl: dlreVled liy (.'. >Vll»on : ■ af 1/ 

tinn's. costumes -wtml. hBimnK. Nal -Kurson. 
. ilnii.-4-n. William llnll.io.ki- iin.l . .VI White: 
■ .Tr.: : (irfhcMM'.'t imdei illrcclion .i>f. ^ t:#*nv«^ 
Hirst; otrheKlrailnn,. Hon Walker, opened 
al l''urresi . theatre: I'llllailelphln. Oil. 
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Kvolyn 

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....... .'. . .luliO -Wa'iTeil 

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.-. . . .-. ..Hiilierl Warren 

-.'.lohn Cherry 

'.-. ,..lv;uhi>0 .\lliloi>on 
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. . . . . . . . .Minit ;Uarl 

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... . ..I 're MeMiitlnn 

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.-rl'e. Uoa r.'ai-n'am.' -Vir- 
i ,luv, Uose .\hirle .M-ir 
il. .lii;". Mar; Mi-Uoril.tl. 
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Foran fail to . wham in 'Swell' and 
'Heart' /as'-they should. 

Vera-Ellen is a lively, .attractive 
and good-dancing ingenue ' who's 
really a standout, Robert Chisholm 
(as .Kin;; Arthur); John Cherry (as. 
Merlin). Stuart Casey (as Layince- 
lot>. and Kathryn Anderson as 
Queen Guinevere, are. okay it not 
dominant: 

■ Show has been gorgeously staged, 
with color blending of .costumes a 
highlight. However. John C. Wil'- 
son's direction of the book seems a 
Utile halting and gives some of the 
juxtapositions, bf modern gags and 
ideas! os contrasted with King. Ar- 
thur's English Court in .543 A.D.. a' 
flavor of undergraduate comedy 
rather thari that of smart sophisti- 
cation which, pervaded the original. 
"•'• Show ran much too'' long- (curtain. 
1 1:30 » and almost a Ttalfrhour was 
cut as well as other changes, made 
anil a general .'tightening and- quick- 
ening effected since the" opening. 

• . ' -Waters. 



m'.l.' 1-Vank In- vvin!i-i% IV. Carl. . Wil- 
liam Hunter. I -a" .1 t. Wi:!hilli. I.UH..J. 
Ja.-l; Lyons. ,.!'..' ' " ' ■ .' ' 

■' .".Slii'irinK ''.Iris: M .ijorii; .<■!■« vii. . T «•!'■ 
jr.-in. l-niifi. M.i . Manllii U'nmili. 

Slnislh'-; lli'vt : il.i-- 1 >■('■. l-"re«-iliim n. \ inri-.nl 
Jleniy. Wnyni- M --»■><> i>. i Vi'anvii. 



Sixteen years ago; to the month, 
the late Lew Fields opened his musi- 
cal production or Mark Twain's ' fa- 
mous but controversial .fantasy,: )A 
Connecticut" .'Yankee.' at the local 
Walnut ''Street'- theatre; '.Concocted . 
by Herbert Fields uon i. the libret- 
tist; Richard Rockers, composer, and 
Lorenz Hart, lyricist, it marked the 
fourth .collaboration of the three 
young men and was the high-spot ot 

• their caicers. :" - ■:-.■ ■.' 

Show was a wallop here from the 
Word .'go' and .was predicted; .for a 
Broadway sensation which came to 
pass. After another- show or two. 
triumvirate broke, but .Rodgers-Hart 
duo stayed together until, a season 
or two ago. This new version ot the 
'Yankee' marks not only their re- 
union. . but also that with Herb 
Fields. Different setup, . however, 
now ^nds Rodgers. in dual role of 

• composer and producer, latter fol- 
lowing his big click" with lOklahoma.' 

Book has been altered some, but 
general outline of Twain's story and 
original libretto have been -kept, 
with action now during present war. 
hero a naval lieutenant, and two 
femme leads, a WAVE and a WAC. 
Rodgers has supplied several new 
numbers and introduced consider- 
able incidental music, and ensembles. 

■ The show's four big. original song' 
hits, 'My "Heart Stood Still.' 'Thou 
Swell,' ! On a Desert Island' and '1 
Feel at Home With You,'. have all 
been/retained. 

General , impression, opening night 
was favorable, with consensus of 
opinion being that 'Yankee' will 
again click on Broadway. But com- 
parisons with original production' 
weren't favorable to this version 
which; perhaps because it's '.-more 
elaborate and pretentious, seemed to 

■ drag and tended to.become cumber-^ 
■some and labored. First three-quar- 
ters of an hourv in particular, seemed 
to move leadenly, all the more sui'-. 
prising since this pa^t included ren- 
dition of "Heart Stood Still' and 
"Thou- Swell.' 'Yankee' needs plenty 
of doctoring oh its book and pacing. 

■ It was midway in Act I, following 
the disappointing- prolog: when pace, 
began to quicken and real zest and 
verve to appear. Singing of 'On a 
Desert Island," by juvenile Chester 
Stratton and ingeni'e Vera-Ellen 
really got the audience cheered up 
and a few minutes later, featured 
■ player Vivienne Segal, playing ■ the 
wicked, . luscious queen. Morgan Le 
Fay. stopped the show cold with her 
rendition of 'To Keep My Love 
Alive,' a new number and one repre- 
senting Larry Hart at his very , best 
(as well as -most original and auda- 
.- cious) in lyric writing. The tune is 
neat, too, and the number promises 
to be ; another 'Jenny.' the Gertrude 
Lawrence number from 'Ladv in '-the 
Dark.' 

After that, the action continues at 
a swifter pace and numbers click 

, with greater regularity. Stratton 
and Vera-Ellen' score .'strongly, again 
with' 'I Feel at Home With You." for- 
mer does a corking takecfT on Sina- 

\ tra and there are two new Rodgers 
tunes with ' certain : possibilities. 
'Can't You Do a Friend a Favor' and 
'You Always Love the' Same Girl.' A 
couple of fast chorus dance routines 
help, too.: Here's a Rodgers-Hart 
show, by the way,- with nary a bal- 
let. ' 

Miss Segal is outstanding as Mor- 
gan Le. Fay, proving herself again 
a cracker jack comedienne as well as 
vocalist. Role has been built up 
' since original, when Nana Bryant 
played it." Dick. ' Fbran, as the 
Yankee, was very ■' ill-at-ease at the 
start and failed to register as he 
should: have. Later, however, he 
seemed easier and his infectious per- 
sonality clicked. He played the role 
nowhere near as.- brashly as did 
Billy Gaxton In the original, and, on 
the whole, not -.as effectively. This. 
Incidentally, is his Broadway Stage 
debut. . Julie . Warreii, as Sandy 
(originally . Constance Carpenter. 
English adaptation, who caused a 
difference of critical opinion ), is at- 
tractive and tries. hard, biit not' no- 
table vocally. Tipoff is that she and 



I'll Take ihe HifSh lioad 

Baltimore. .. 

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to-'. ■ : :. 
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... . . Mojni I'lralianl. 

. . . . . . . .'. .-Hilly Manila' 

.... ,:Lv.-*ler . I xirvi-r^n n 

. . : . . . : . Helly Wi-lloy 
..Tmhicx lol f 

.: i>»lle Marl.ocil 

..;....'. Iti-n. I.auuhlin 

. ... . .... . I.arry ' Hi*; 

. , .ilonloh lla ani.il! 
i-.-r. . . : /Mlrllarl ; .^li-,ill: 
. :'. : . : l.eo l'lia|ji.ol 
...C .Swayne (lorilon 



unrestricted freedoms' of. seamen 
during shore leave. ' More or less 
subscribing to . the he W prospect of 
things as their femme champion has 
oullinqd, and resisting the impor- 
tunities of the lads of the sea as 
best they may, are a former strip- 
per, a hula dancer., an Eurasian 
niterv waitress and a young novice 
entertainer. Boys, are- finally per- 
suaded that marriage may be best 
and do . every thing they can to pro- 
vide the wedding rings for the gals, 
but are frustrated through, two and 
one-hrilf acts by the unregenerate 
C;P.O. When he agrees to wed .the 
woman who had the big idea of es- . 
tablishihg matrimonial bureaus' for 
the sailors' all along the Coast, and a 
Navy chaplain does / wholesale 
splicing job. the. play's over. 

Two grind; dances with bumps arc 
spotted as competition against .- the 
nearest burley strip houses, and the 
comedy is aimed almost wholly a"f. 
the lower levels of laughlcr. Cast 
mostly catchras-catch-iian. but 
there . are ' several performances 
which, may be rated as good.-. par-, 
ticularly ' the animatocf playing bf 
^Eleanor- Counts- as. thc proselytizing 
femme; Hugh Prosser. the petty ol- 
0"er; Edward. H.vans- 2d. one of the 
nlaintive sailors; J. Alex. Havicr, 
iiorn in the Philibpihes and a prpin- 
isfhg comedian:' Barbara Pepper, the 
hula dancer, arid, for. slinky appeal, 
Alice Talton, the sfripcuse. 

Navy officers, characterization in 
face of circumstances, especially the 
role ot the '•haolaih: were not cal- 
culated .to set loo Well in these 100% 
<•*«<. -'even-. In the .liberal- tolfrarice 
of farce. Jung. 



Producing combination of crirTord 
Hay man and Milton Berle has '.se- 
lected as its. first try a play about 
the fascists in our midst. It's 'pretty 
muddled theatre. 

it tells about the benevolent in 
duslrialist who is really, a rat at 
heart, willihg to sell out. his country 
at the drop of a swastika or . an extra 
dividend.' :How the . tycoon is un 
masked by an, unsuspecting femme 
employee. Who represents her home 
town" as 'Miss Average Girl.' makes 
for the conflict. Thrown into con 
tact for publicity purposes with a 
youthful screen/ star who opens . his 
simple- heart to the wholesome belle 
she spills the real truth, about her 
boss at a great big shindig in his 
honor and scores another victory for 
the forces of doing-good and democ- 
racy..' ... 

General pacing seems to be one 
of the. most glaring shortcomings. 
First , act. gets -away on an almost 
farcical gait- and. on the strength of 
some' snappy dialog and character 
izations, ' indicates some promise: 
Sudden switch to problem drama 
In the second act bogs down and 
several lengthy stretches of preach 
moot bring about a letdown. From 
then on it's hit-and-miss. ' ! Curious 
introduction of a very brief anti 
climactic scene at the close of the 
second act leaves everything hang- 
ing in mid-air without much chance 
of rescue after that. 

Jeanne Cagney is the. heroine and 
■she turns In a workmanlike job. A 
few striking moments are supplied 
by Leo Chalz'el as a Russian film 
director and Allan Rich and Mona 
Grar-am as adolescents. Direction 
by Sanford Meisner is befuddled. 
Playwright Lucille Prumbs has 
deft .hand with dialog and ought to 
be hitting paydirt before long. But 
this isn't the one. Burm 



Savo Mf a Sailor 

Los Angeles. Oct. 2G. 

Faive In .three ifel' by' Henrt foslii;' pre- 
Henli-il l»y: Henry 44lerlinpi. Slane.il. h] 
(ieorue Sherwuixl. . Opened ni llie. MHyi.i 
iliCH.ii-e.. lais. An'RCles. 0*-i.. '-*ii.' '-I":'$l,ii 
Ion. 

Ca»i : ;flt>i»lrt A. ' Pierce. Hui-h 
Shlney -.Melloii. KdvvHril llyans *Jil. 
/Anile'i-r-on. Terl Toy Eleven 'Clarke, 
A'uihc.' ■ Alli-e -.Talliirt. ..Uniliara. 
.leani'ie 'Runner. Miitliin Dn'int)n«i, 
i^ounls.- I'uul Kl-u'per; J. : Alex 
Chnrlrs I*. King.'- Tom JTerlierl 
lllllnn. 



ProHHer. 
Unssell 
Noi'inii 
I-epper 
Kleanii 
I lav'lei 
U'ali 



Thin, talky. relying on the ancient 
legend that sailors ashore have only 
one project constantly in mind, and 
skirting as close to the line of vul- 
garity as the relaxed public perinis 
sion will permit. 'Save Me a Sailor 
is due to fade quickly atfer its open 
ing sprint at the Mayan :hcrei. 
• The Navy. .it. is understood, did 
cleansing job on the script before it 
gdt the go-ahead, blinker, but even 
so the piece by Benet Costa, pre 
sented.. by Henry Sterling, has 
strong smell -of bilge, in the lines and 
constant innuendo between, the 
dbzen . men o' warsmen who surge 
into a Sari Pedro waterfront n.itery 
expecting^ n reception from the: gal: 
they used to play , around with, but 
who have noW .. emphatically 
changed. 

Substance of the . play is a tug-of- 
war between a woman who believe? 
the morale of the Navy~and the na 
tion would' be better if all sailors 
were married, and a cynical chief, 
petty officer who holds- out for the 



Plays on 




Manhattan Noeturno 

' Waller Krev Hint (ieolBo W. IliHhdl pro- 
ilueiloii of iio-lo Irn'iiia In-'ilir**' aula !>>■ Hoy 
WhIIIiik. Slain H.hli" IJowlIng; dlrtrleil 
liy Siella Ailler: aPiiiiiRS.- I.'erry • Walkluw: 
■■iviil-l "m r.ini'rfl ill-all--, X. V.. -<M. 86. 
•*U $::.;iii i.ii> i*i.-4ii niieidnK niKln.'. 
K.'lille Ta lllio. . . . .... .'....■ . ■ D'lii He i ll 

1'eli-r' Waile. . . ;.,.. :.. . . . .Kildle -LNiwIing 

Ann Sievens. . .. . . .Terry llnlinea 

Vl.io i-iilne MacMnl'lln. 
'. ; . . . -.'. Iliinald Keyes 

.Tom. Mclilh«iiy 

. . . , , ;.lnl:inn Caffroy 
.....v:\Vi-nilell -Corey 
; . . . >-. '. :.l(ihn Fnrrell 
llownril Smith 
;'.'..;. . .ntiuerl Toms 



Crai-e Waile-. .. . 

Mulii'tie Lessinl;. 
llinlliel.'. . . .'. . ; ' . 
I lojef :''.....' 

DoiHn /. ..;.... ... 

Maliuney. .'. . .'. . .- 
-.Inline l»elrie. ... . 
Clll-eW. . . . . . . .: 



Plays Abroad 



Something in the: Air 

London: Sept. '24. 

Tom' -Arnulil und I.,—. .ICpliniiiu -|ire»i-nl- 
mn.-'lvii I t-om'edy' liy. Arthur ^ Marine. An-hle 
Me.n/.lea, . jack, ,-llullirrl ;' liiUril,-*. . Manning 
li.envin: lyi-i.-.-..' . I r.n-.il,l I'ureeli; Max .Kei-' 
er.' I're.-ienU'd . hi l*nlaee.' London. Sent; 
•SI, 



Terry .rotter. . 
Jaek Pendleton.'. .-. 
Itlihi-rta V'hii.ie'. . ; 
Mandy Sha.w. . . 
sci-Keiini- Aumin. . .; 
J-'reddlO 

.Miiffiei-a • . 

«ywi 

Ilet-ioi- .Crltehley. .. 
commander . Todd .- 
Gorman IMlol... .. 



. ....Clt-e;v Court -leldfce 
.......... Jaek llllll.erl 

.j. ;•...-/..'. .lelin Olllle; 

i'I;fl»riel)i- liruiie 

. . . . . .. . Itonahl Shiner: 

. . . :(;,-olV|-,iy 'Wardwell 
.-.Henry Thompson 
. . . . .Colletie llari-iMiti 

. . ..^ ..liihn Turnliull 

'.. ; . Neville - Townc. 

......... .lohil N U'-olHoii 



Assessing the commercial value of 
this show, it's an un^ualifiecl suc- 
cess. Assessing its value from the 
standpoint of entertainment,, it's more 
than three-quarters excellent. Three 
hours of a' musical . wi'.h most of it 
well worth, while promises amuse- 
ment, of a high order when the 
n.s.h. stuff is deleted. . 

The book and lyrics have plenty b£ 
ideas. There is topical,' farcical treat- 
ment of a spy pfotj with the music 
by Manning Sherwin and' lyrios by 
Harold Purcell arid Max Kester, al- 
though tuneful, providing- -little of 
importance, with the possible 'excep- 
tion of a number called. 'Home Is the 
Place Where. Your Heart Is.' Cicely 
Cburtneidge gets over the latter with 
the aid of a strong descriptive mono- 
log. The other tunes help' the show 
along nicely arid provide, the pejgs 
for Jack. Hulbeit and a hand-picked 
chorus to dance. 

There. is smart direction, Slavish- 
ly; mounted production, with two 
stellar comics and enough 'feeders' 
to keep things almost constantly on 
the go. The basic idea is the situa- 
tion where the home of a wealthy 
man is commandeered and he's com- 
pelled to act as servant to his own 
butler; r 

Hulbert is his usual extravagantly 
comic terpsichorean personality, and 
Miss Courtneidge, Who has a flair for 
travesty English dowagers, adds to 
her familiar and ' acceptable bag of 
tricks with her rendering of the 
aforementioned .'Home' song.' 
; The show had been touring for 
several weeks, and the result Was a 
competent West End premiere. 

Jo'b. 



Another in the growin ■ Ust« of 
feeble' Broadway legit' entrants 
bowed' into the Forrest last - week. 
This time it's soniethirii'. called 'Man- 
hattan Nocturne.' a melodrama by 
Roy Walling starring Eddie Dowling 
and presented under the aegis bf 
Walter Drey and George. W. Brandt. 
It'll probably be remembered, how- 
ever, as the play. Which marked the 
Broadway stage debut of- Terry 
Holmes. Miss Holmes gives every in- 
dication of going plaices. 

•'Nocturne' vturns out to ' be one of 
those soul-saving, regeneration, tales 
involving a prostie's conversion by. a 
guy who, tossed aside by. his wife, is 
ready to throw in -the towel When 
she comes into his -life: as the paid 
gal to produce, divorce evidence. In. 
effect, it's : a Salvation Army poster 
coiric to. life--and; it's seldom- more 
exciting. As Broadway fare ..its 
chances appear slim. , / 

Chief fault lies in Walling's script. 
The confused ; issues, arising from the 
rather maudlin plot, are left dang- 
ling in midair: For the most part it 
conveys the impression of a. startled 
adolesecrit' pop-eyed at discovering 
what -urks around the comer. But 
it's the sort of. naivete' that has none, 
of the freshness attributed to that 
quality: only the dullness and bore- 
dom that stems from a lack of 
knowledge and understanding. Had 
Wall ing developed the social . aspects 
that he. propounds in his third act 
hie might have .turned out : a live 
drama. . At the . most he|s only suc- 
ceeded in recording a case study for 
psychiatric annals. 
: Dowling in his. unemotional, re 
strained manner tries to make the 
character of the Soul Saver believ 
able, but unfortunately the role as 
evolved by Walling, with its unin- 
spired dialog, is seemingly beyond 
the help bf any actor. ■ . 

It's. Miss Holmes,- however, who 
gives the surprise performance, of 
the evening as the young call girl 
who's had her emotional stability 
knocked, from under her. It's an 
other of Walling's unbelievable char- 
acters and. at best; a thankless role 
that requires' the actress to span the 
gamut of emotions and make a quick 
transition from a hard-boiled prostie- 
to a sweet /kid. but she manages to 
lend, it conviction and sincerity. 

Howard Smith turns in a credit 
able job as a : judge who emerges as 
the only clearly developed character. 

Stella Adler. who directed, did as 
much as she could, considering' the 
material at hand, while Perry -Wat- 
kins' two sets , are appropriately 
tawdry. Rose. 



Mary- JOIctaholli Shei w, 
of Oiiinm III IWii-aets li.' 

■I. Mased- h\ li ivid .'.' 
liy t.Viierjirt, ■ oiiened at 
Itin.l. .V Y , .\,.\. I. 
rainp Miiple..'.-. . . . . . 

Hnze Hei-ly.hiiili-i-. . ; . 
Tuleunipli. I.lneinnh. -: 
Anolhi-i -l.lneinan': . -. 
lHn'oh Maple.,.'. . '... . 

luhlty Maple. ; . ; . . . .' 

Va'uin'. :.'. . .'-.-; . 

Allin Sollire.':. 

He, I, 

Mr. Clllsholni. . . . ; 

Mrs. CliUhohn . . . . .... . . 

JOMPpll, ...'-, ; . .':.. :.: ..... . ; 

Jaehic- 

Dnl;e.. Miintee. . . ,". . ; . 
nni-v.;. . .'..-.■.,:.-.;■. 

l'y|e:i. i. .;. 

la^cii'ili :C|ilnitiailder. . ; 
A not.hi-r . 1 .eRinii na li-e.. . 



l>andt)lido 

London. Oct. 6. 

'.Play In lltreip nets ' liy- Dmolliy- Allier.ryn 
and Pnvld Peel' tvmu the l-'rem-h ■ pitiy.' 
.'Altitude 320*1." I>y dullen l.nchiilre. IV- 
Kertted. l*y- H.- '. . . Tennend, l.ld-., dlreeled 
by .l.Ohn ClelBllil. At ' ' VVesltnilljiler. llie* 

.utre.. -rifindon. Oi-t. a; I'.u;!. ' 



■Viilnri: 
Dl.-kle. . 
nrlan . , . 
Dai ld. .. 
Peter. . . 
Marian . 
Vivien:. 
Shl-llA. . 
Judy.... 



;-Antli<iny ■ Da'wsnh 
..IVter Kamtnon'd 

, .;, lohn Hyroii 

..-.;• David JVe.1 

. . K-itll t a HlllplH>ll 

,.;OlK'a. l-MwanleM 
'..-... ;X>iili-lc-- C.ray 

. ; . . . . Tertl-I ■ K\'hii:i 

;....'.. .Sheila Sim 



Doubtful if this play; adapted from 
the- French, will .pass .beyond its re- 
treat in Westminster to more ; pop- 
ulous regions' nearer Piccadilly Cir'-. 
ct^S: It is just a simple Story of -a 
bunch of students, two parties of 
opposing sexes, ' who meet in a de- 
serted Alpine, hotel and, through a 
landslide, are marooned for three 
months. 

Yburig as they are. it is obvious 
from the rise of the curtain th'at 
propinquity and boredom will throw 
them into artificial, and precocious 
emotional entanglements— especially 
as there is. every prospect they may 
be cut, Oft from the outside world for 
seven months. Drama is created 
through a sincere attachment fbrm- 
ing between an embryo priest, fear- 
ful of love interfering with his celi- 
- (Continued on page 44) 



<: Vlelory nollen 

Mei.ry Adrian '.prodiiet Ion ot fwrce In 
lh'r,-e aelii.- liy "Alli-e (!ersrenlu-rjr; featurea' 
Mahel 'I'allirferrii. Harluira' Itenneit. Marl 
dale; atacod liy. .lleni-y Adrian: in-lt in^.-liy 
'Kdvvai-,1' de l-'orreal : at Mansdleld theatre 
N. V.; 0,-t. 2ti. ::..".(! lop ijl.-ld open- 

iiiB). • 

Ann Slewall 

Kalhlene i.Stirlinv..... . . 

AKiri ltivliin 

Mrs. c.rare Slewarl.. 
Ceejaii. . . . . . ... ... . . . 

Min. ..Mildred Stlrlliii; 
Plo Jlilliaid. ........ .. 

.1.1.. .lamea rtlthiirdnon 
l*vt. l-.'rie Stn.nley. . 
S(tt. .loo Collier. .1 . . 
Col. Kdwanl Hnrlnil . . 
Donald Maechiia.- . . . . . 

Thohiaa Rleha.rdsoh ... 
.lime* Winkle.'. . 
Mr. Pop*. .'.......;.. i. 



Polu-eiiien. 



:KIIi-u Men-Ill 

.Sally Crarle 

...Marie llal. 

. . . Mal.el - Tallafem 
. ; . Addison TCa-ndall 
...-'.... . ..leatle .Millet- 

.-. . arlinrn . nennetl 

Kalph Clanlnn 

... .Stanley I^lllllps 

. . . ... Wain 1 !- Apiiler 

ayiii'oiid . Van SUdfle 
......Philip Penman 

. . .Rnherl Oher 
. .Marearet ICekina-n 
.nnrlnn -.Mnllor: 



. William '■■nul. Oscar Miller 



' Even in a: season remarkable f or 
its preponderance of- claptrap. "Vic- 
tory Belles' reaches a new extreme 
of vacuity. Not in years, it seems, 
has Broadway, been exposed to an 
attempt so inane. Under the cir- 
cumstances, the kindest thing to be 
hoped : is that the venture docs a 
quick, relatively .painless fold. ■'.' 

According to. the management's 
announcement, 'Victory Belles' is 
supposed to be a. farce about the 
husband shortage, but there's little 
ih the fatuous dialog or actionless 
plot to explain that, or whatever 
else the author may-, actually have 
had in mind, .the incredible script, 
awkward staging,' inept perform- 
ances and even the pathetically un 
suitable setting -are all cither ludi 
crous or merely soporific, depend- 
ing on the mood of the Individual 
spectator.'.' 

The single notable thing about' the 
show is that Barbara' Bennett,, of the 
Richard. Constance and Joan Ben- 
nett clan, is implicated. Probably 
she shouldn't be blamed- too much 
for becoming -involved in such a 
minor disturbance.' Maybe she and 
the other accessories to the misde 
mcanor should just plead guilty: and 
throw themselves on the mercy of 
the court. As for those playgoers 
unfortunate to be subjected to 'Vic- 
tory Belles,' they've been punished 
enough. Hobe. 



The Petrified Forest 



(STOCK) 



.'. We 



md. slo.'-k rev ival 

Kolieil I-;, s 

Ale.\aildi-i.- sei.-;ii. 
New . Amsterdam' 
#-■■•-'■> lop. 
. . I. v;. Ma rsha il 
.Wlllhfio eWster 
AVllIia in . ^la'ri-eiiii. ■ 
, ..l-'red,-rie C.,i-pi-!l:. 
.'.llniyer IfuvKei-s - 
. .-. Ilarliura': J„> r© 
.Chariot l,<> f;,,u,.in 
•ndell K. i'liill',|.s: 
.... .. ..cl.til, |'„ir 

. .HoIhm-i .1.. .'in.-o: 
. . Nalal!.-- ' l;,-n!»i h 
II. ltandolph .NiiuJi 
. . .-.laelt Itianpr 
. . ; ..l,.hn Mcljuad* 
: .- W:il|iiu,i Toiiliiu . 
...Sllill- T'ln-llllisvill. 
:;..t:eoi^e. Spelrln' 
..'... l-'i-ed StK'Iv'in 



For the second time' in a few 
months, Broadway has a stock com. ■ 
pany, venture. Previous one was 
attempted last summer at the 48tli • 
Street theatre '(then called the 
Windsor) and folded .after several 
lean weeks. The- newest try Is that 
by Mary Elizabeth Sherwood and is 
located at the New Amsterdam roof, 
which was ■ used by station WOR, 
New York.. -for a time as a radio 
theatre, but has otherwise been dark 
for years. A twist to the present ar- 
rangement is that Miss 'Sherwood 
is giving each production .a" Week's 
break-in at the Chapel theatre, 
Great Neck, N. Y. 

'Despite the recurrent talk about; 
the desirability : of a stock . corhpahy 
in New'-.; York, there appears little 
actual need foi; such an undertak- 
ing.- In . its heydey. stock thrived 
primarily .in smaller communities; 
where louring companies or other 
theatrical fare was unavailable.. But 
it never amounted to anything in . 
New York, where the theatre always : 
offered . a profusion of attractions. . 
Finally. Alms and radio killed ;' 
even in the, Slicks, except, for the 
relatively ' ■ recent .emergence of. 
strawhats. . ... 

For her opening bill. Miss. Sher- : 
wood has presented Robert E. Sher- 
wood's (ho relation) 'The Petrified 
Forest,' in which Leslie' Howard. 
Peggy Conklin arid Humphrey . B6- 
gart. clicked in the spring, of 1935. 
Although the play's; study of deca- . 
donee arid frustration are anachro- ; 
nistic now. it remains an engrossing, 
mettlesome drama. , However, this 
revival is, so badly played that some 
of the Sense and most of the impact 
arclost. Possibly due to the house's 
bad' acoustics, the. opening night 
performance was ha rely audible and . 
the playing lacked projection or 
clarity even visually. Only E; G. 
Marshall, as Cramps, and John Mc- 
Quade. as gangster Duke Man tee. 
register \vith:. -clarity .'and conviction. 
David Alexander's staging and the. 
physical production are acceptable 
by stock standards; ' Hobe. 

f'areer 



Motlei-n' 1'lny 1'r.i.l 
I ion of. \ play (\\ ith ' 
thril** ai-ls- (se\j-n .si- 
Stak'iiil liy. .lohn J-\ 
Sally ..N'ushauin. At. 
X. V.. t). l.. 2X. 

l-Mllh : l-'ra> ....'. 

Mii»-Mro 1'iiMiiavisl: . 
.'Anihii'ny M.-ili-iilui . . . , 

lMoiio, ;•. . . .-. ......;. 

Ahirlel Coinplon. .,...'. 

Kduar Knoll ; 

Ilalrnllne Merman . . . 
Mnii'.. il-; Saviifiilla . . . 

Itosi ' Carnellii 

Mis - TinuiiM. . . .-; 
Manila ................ 

Allee. '.'.■■ i.. 

Ullii-I Tern... 

Unrrv .limes 

Miss ' Can-. .-. . ; . : . ; . . 



i-lliins. Jnr., ' piodiie.- 
iu-iilenial. iniiHle) -in 
ies(. h\- Nan' Klri'> . 
raliame: se(iin>;M hy 
•loi^iiicelown- ilu-atre, 
SI t..p. 

.'....-. -..MelMiiie tjilden 

. . .' .lolin : l-'nihl-'is 

...;... .Itillieri J-Vyll 

.....lo iili DlSienmo 

. . . . . . .tienie Conrad 

, . . . ,.\ ..l*eier. .Znli* - 
. ... .Mauri,*,. .\"nnMn 

. . Anne KiiiR* ■ 

'.liiseidilne - tailllliarild" 
. . . . .' . .Mary Klilllall . 
, . . .- . I.in-ille Cinj'Ki.n 

.....Adeline Itinera 
linda de. Mininx 

...... T.oiiIm Cai-nioln 

Mnliel Nash 



Although 'Career* is no worse than 
numerous other theatrical blunders . 
committed at the Provincetown in 
recent' seasons, it is frankly terrible. 
A would-be expose ol the operatic 
racket, it includes passably sung 
selections from 'Aida.' 'Traviata' 
and 'Cavalleria Rusticaiva.' but ' the 
net; effect is painful. 
; Of the cast, Robert Feyti. Joseph- 
ine- Lbmbardo. and John Francis are . 
relatively . acceptable.: Generally^ 
however, - 'Career! . offers . little for 
Broadway, either as. a possible show 
or' in talent prospects.. Hobe. 

Chas. Leonard Readies 
2 Plays on the Coast 

.. . Los Angeles; Nov. 

"Two legit plays are being lined up 
for production On the Coast by 
Charles Leonard, forrrier New York 
producers and' now on leave' of. ab- 
sence as press'representatiyc for An- 
drew Stone ''Productions'. 

' Frederick Jackson ' authored both 
pieces. 'Heads or Tails,' slated for 
opening in San Diego, and 'Love and 
Learn,' scheduled for; San Francisco. 
Jackson will direct both plays, with 
Broadway as their .'.objective.'. 



.'The Survivor,' play by Madeline 
Davidson, based on a novel by Den- 
nis: Parry, is currently making 'the 
rounds of roadway offices. '■ 



Wednesday, November .3, 1943 



LEGITIMATE 43 



Dream Street Beat 

(Broadway Legit Lowdown) 



44th.— Every season a popular alibi appears and in a flash- becomes the 
catchword of the shoestringers. Last year it was 'can't get the name 
actors I want.' This season it's 'can't get any theatres '. . . A third show 
has joined .the ranks of 'weekends sold out til) next year.'. They are now 
•Oklahoma'.' 'Venus,'" 'Othello'. . .Renee Carroll, hatcheck queen, was of- 
fered another part/ turned it down, - but is being coaxed. .Maurice 
SchwarU has sent postcards to Spanish-speaking actors to report this :>vk. 
in ref. to casting a Spanish- play he produced successfully in Buenos Aires 
...Nita de Soto plays the lead. ...Arthur Klein says Lew Brown- has sprung, 
-a new musical idea & they will produce it together. Brown's last idea was 
'.Yokel EoyV, .The boys around the Sardi lampost report nothing im- 
portant will happen till 'Carmen Jones' & 'Connecticut Yankee' arrive to 
sc the town on its ear... 

'fhey were taking names at: the New Opera Co. for speaking parts In 
'La Belle Helcne' last week. Despite the critics, Modern Play Productions 
insists its Provincetown experimental productions marches on. : . Though 
'Jafkpct' Is In rehearsal, more auditions for the chorus have been sched- 
uled. . A'.ni. Hodge's redhead fllle, Martha, has had 'Penelope' cast for 
6 wks., with the actors champing at the velvet hand wilhin the iron glove 
. . . Fresh in from Hollywood, King Fisher has brightened the Shurr of c. 
with two items: (a) Dream Street's horsiest overcoat, (b) 'You Get It In 
The End/ which he plans to land into the New Year lap . . . Elsa Maxwell, 
who btjieves (he theatre is dead, defunct & moribund,' confided she will 
correct (his with Orson Welles, in their new repertory theatre next year. 
First show to be Shaw's 'C aesar ah,d Cleopatra'; then a series of Restora- 
tion comedies. Different play every night and nothing 'arty-arty'. . .The 
Theatre Guild confides It has been egging Eddie Cantor iuto playing 
'Jacobowsky and The Colonel', . .The number of young men. who don't 
want to play male understudy In Geo. Abbott's Chi 'Kiss and Tell' is rising 
. rapidly . '■ The USO Is officially notifying some actors It's first legit camp 
show will be 'The First Year,' due the first of the year. Uugh Rennie, 
director.. .'Male Animal' will. go out again, too. . . Alfonse ft Gaston Dept.: 
Dan Blank has bowed bis director, Roy Hargrave, into' Vinton Freedley's 
'jackpot,' meanwhile suspending- 'A Question of Time'. . . 

45th. After '-a coke & d smoke, the tyros emerge from the Astor drug- 
store k diuide Ihe ..following* Blackfridrs can't go iiito rehearsal -with 
'Career Angel' because they luck tu>o elderly non-equity aqtors of 
50 & 60> Zemach, European director, having polished the anteroom seats ; 
of most B'.icuy w.k. producers, suddenly began. ' casting : his - own. pro- 
duction,. ''A Sen-nnt of Two Masters,' by Goldini. Won-Equiti/ un- 
less the New School incites him in. . .Prncttcaltv a new cast greets 
Albert Barto each -night, when his United '. Talent croup nieets to 
wrestle with its current, play. They rehearse vigorously, depart; and. 
• ne.rt morntno, u-nikon parts, inouie extra work, etc., have siphoned 
them off, and their buddies greet Barto later that night: A harassed 
call for understudies emanates from 219 W. 58. . .In a meek Jimmy . 
Russ.o, stg. mgr. of 'I'll Take The Highr Road,' will be at. the Ritz 
stagedoor signing' on v:alkoris... 

46th.— for seven, years puppeteer Frank Paris has been, busy fashioning 
intricate 2-foot creatures: preening them for the day of their debut. This 
season will see dcr tag. . He will present 145 of his children. in a musical 
comedy, 'Nutcracker JiVe.' 



Posts $20,000 Rental 
For 'Belles' Despite 
Crix Pans, Bad Biz 

Henry Adrian has $20,000 worth 
of courage in the conviction that his 

ictory Belles.', which he produced 
last week at the Mansfield, New 
York, would click despite the pan- 

ing it received, from the Gotham 
Adrian j.ias posted that 
amount to .insure the rental. 

Show grossed about $2,500 for. the 
wcek. ; .This represents an operating 
loss of about $6,000 per week. By 
putting up the money .with Michael 
Meyerberg, lessee of the house, 
Adrian guarantees the show's con- 
tinuance uiitil Nov. 20. 
-Adrian's guarantee blocked the. S. 
Hiaok office from moving itsKalher- 
ine Dunham revue Iheie from the 
Martin Beck, which it must vacate 
by Nov. 13. The Dunham, dancers 
will consequently go on tour due to 
the house shortage.' 



Current London Shows 



London! Nov. 2. 
'Acacia Avenue,' Vaudeville. 
'Admirable. Crlchton,' His Maj, 
•Arsenic, and Old Lace," Strand. 
'Blow Own Trumpet,' Playhouse, 
'Claudia,' St. Martin's. 
'Dancing Years,' Adelphi. 
•Dark River,' Whitehall. 
'Flare I'atli,-; Apollo. 
'Flying Colors,' Lyric- 
.'lli-De-HI,' Stoll. 
■It's Foolish But Fun,' Coliseum. 
'It's time Dance,' Winter Garden. 
'Junior Miss,' Saville.. . 
'Landslide;' Westminster. 
'Lisbon Story,' Hippodrome. 
'Live tor Love,; Hay market. 
'Lottie Dundass.' Cambridge. 
'Month in the Country,' .'St..- James. 
'Moon Is Down,' Whitehall. 
'Mr, Bllfrey,' Playhouse. 
'My Sister Eileen,' Savov. 
'Pink String,' Duke of York's. 
'Quiet Week-End,' Wyndham's 
■ 'She Follows Me About,' Gairick . 
'Something In the Air,' Palace. 
'Strike a New Ndte,' ; Wales. 
'Sweet and Low,' Ambassador. 
'The Fur Coat,' Comedy. 
"The Love Racket,' Victoria Palace. 
■'They Came to a City,' Globe 
'War and Peace,' Phoenix. 
'Watch on the Rhine,' Aid wych 



Shows in Rehearsal 

'Jackpot'— Vinton Freedley. 
'Pillar to Post'— Brock Pemberlon. 
'Ramshackle Inn'— Robert Reud. 
'The World's Full of Girls'— Jed 
Harris. 

'Get Away, Old Man'— George ADt 
bott. 

'The innocent Voyage' — Theatre 
Guild.. 

'Marching With Johnny" — CIO. 



Follies Bergere, Mex, 
Shuttered By Solons 
For Political Satires 

. Mexico. City, Nov. 2. 
Follies Bergere, leading revue 
house here, has been shuttered by 
Governmental officials . for . going 
overboard on its political satires. The 
theatre was ordered closed after the 
authorities took particular umbrage 
over two acts roasting Government 
officials. 

Shutdown came as a big loss in 
view of the public overflowing of 
crowds into the theatre sector yes- 
terday (1) ..arid today (Tuesday), na- 
tional holidays. House will not be 
permitted to reopen until it yanks, 
the acts held objectionable and 
pledges caution on future. comedy. 



NERV0, KNOX GOING INTO 
LONDON XMAS PANTO 

London, Oct. fl 

London Coliseum shows, 'It's Fool- 
ish. But It's Fun' closes Dec. .11. 
Norvo and Knox, who head the cast, 
quit show Nov.. 20 to taxe short ' va-j 
cation, with Max and Sid Harrison 
i-eplacing them. 

Boys return in time to start re- 
hearsals for Prince Li^tlor'.\ an.lo- 
mime, 'Humpty Dumpty,' in which 
ihey are supported by Naughton 
and Gold, and Pat Kirkwood as prin- 
cipal girl. Ganjoti Brothers and 
Jiianita, Americans, are also 'fine of 
the featured acts In the. cast.' 
, Littler has already booked the 
boys for levite which , follows the 
pantomime.- in which they will .'-again, 
be supported by DeHaven and Page. 



Miss P<jrry 111; 'Pillar' 
Production Delayed 

Antoinette Perry was confined to 
her home last week with a severe 
bronchial condition and 'Pillar to 
Post,'. which she is W stage for Brock 
Pemberton, delayed until this week. 

Miss Perry went to Chicago' re- 
cently for the opening of the 'Janie' 
road company and sat up all night in 
a day eoqch- .with half a dozen play- 
ers. Sleeping accommodations for 
all the cast could not be obtained 
and because of that- she refused to 
accept a berth. It's understood, how- 
ever, the indisposition developed on 
the return trip. 



Backer Dispute 
On 'Nocturne 



New managers and their backers 
became jammed up at the weekend 
over ; 'Manhattan Nocturne,' one of. 
last week's Broadway openings, at 
the Forrest. Drama was produced 
by Walter Drey and George W.. 
Brandt, latter having J. J. Leven- 
thal as a partner so tar as 'Nocturne' 
is concerned. Whether Leventhal 
invested money in the production 
isn't clear, but he guaranteed salar- 
ies with' Equity. 

Brandt declared himself out on 
'Nocturne,', which stars^Eddie Dowl- 
ing. It. drew a mixed press, with 
three favorable notices, but at least 
one backer demanded to know -what 
became of his investment: That in- 
dividual is Harry Schumer, theatri- 
cal; truckman, said to have put in 
$5,000. An argument started just 
after the show opened Tuesday (26), 
when -it was discovered that Brandt 
and '■ Leventhal ordered ' the 'ads out 
of- Wednesday's papers. Their ex- 
planation was that as reviews of the 
show would appear that day; there 
was no need to spend money in ad- 
vertising.- 

Di-ey, who's an ..'author's agent in 
association with his wife, Edith Gor- 
don, remains in the managerial 
ber th. . Jules Ziegler of the. Shurr 
agency is a new investor, intention 
being to continue the play, as- indi- 
cated by extra-space copy in Mon- 
day's il) papers. Leventhal, who 
has operated rotary stock and road 
revivals successfully for years, is in 
on one winner, 'Two Mrs. Carrolls' 
'Booth). 



Connors, Herndon Forego ~ 
20% Each on Pic Rights To 
'Husband' in Revival Deal 

"Unexpected usband' has been 
selected for revival and is due to 
follow 'Maid in the Qzarks' into' the 
Great Northern, Chicago. Deal was 
made in New York by Jules Pfeiffer, 
who operates the (heatre, and Harry 
Minturn will be in charge of produc- 
ing. 

'Husband'.was produced originally 
by Richard • Herndon at the 48th 
Street. N. Y., in June, 1931, comedy" 
playing into the fall to modest 
grosses but' evidently to some profit." 
At the time 'Husband' was produced 
.ihe Dramatists Guild rules provided 
for a 50-50 split on picture rights. 
Barry Connors'j who wrote the play, 
has agreed, to forego 20';S of his share 
of such possible coin. .Herridorr let- 
ting go of a similar share, so that 
if fii'ms buys the '.rights, Pfeiffer, the 
new manager, will get 40%, which 
conforms to the 'present 60-40 split. 
Fact that (lie rights had not been 
disposed of was discovered by 
Pfeiffer. one of the reasons he de- 
cided on reviving the play. 



'LOVE RACKET' CLICKS 
IN LONDON PREMIERE 

London, Nov, 2.' 
The West E:id has another hit on 
its hands. It's 'The Love Racket,' a. 
well-produced, wisecracking musical 
which bowed, in at the Victoria Pal- 
ace on Oct. 26. First nighters and 
critics gave- it: an enthusiastic rc- 
eepliori and it looks - headed for a 
long run. .. . ' 

Less favorably was the 

revival of .1. M. Barries 'The Ad- 
•iiii able Crichton.' which opened at 
His; .Majesty's ori/ Oct. 28. It's out- 



ighly Touted Plays Have Penchant 
For Coast Clicks, Broadway Skids 



'. ', ' : ..." ... — ; — — — • r, • — <■' Almost - seasonally, highly touted 

'".•' _ . plays from the Coast have been 

Meyer. DaVIS Eyeing | rushed- to Broadway . and have in- 

More Invp<stmpnt<? v:ll ' iabl y "opped fast, latest; casualty 
iMOre invesimenis being . -slightly Married,' which 
Being in on two current succssses; stopped at the Corti N. Y., Saturday. 
'The 'Merry Widow,' Majestic. N; Y., J 30). having played one week. Under 
and 'Tomorrow the World.' Barry- the title of 'Mothei;'s Day' the farce- 
drew substantial grosses for a new 
play in San Francisco, so the 10 or 
more backers decided to rush the 
'find' cast with visions'of cleaning 
up. It was socked by the critics and 
.after ..the "first, night little coin came 
into the boxoffice. ... 

However, early this week • efforts 
were made to raise fresh money, 
with the, Hollywood contingent' 
among the backers o.-ovessing no de- ' 
sire to cohio through.. Show cost 



more,. Meyer Davis is . backing two 
niore show,s being readied . and is 
pondering investing in a couple of 
others. Former bandsman's new in- 
terests are 'Penelope.' Which Martha 
Hodge is readying in association with 
Myron McCormack, and .'Wall 
Flower.' which will bring Sam Gris- 
man back into the managerial 'field. 

Latter drama is by-Reginald Den- 
ham who. is to stage, while Davis j jn bul g llar;mtee . coin for 

w.ll be active in a : supervisory ^ ca- Kaia , i(?s and . ."house guarantee in- 
pacity. -especially on. the business v6 ivcd another S10.000. Show's back- 
end. Dav.s w.ll have an interest in .! el . s , Silm ; B i sl : !lcrT> Burt Kelly. John 

,, Hal Wall is, . Mike Levee. Al 
Rogel'l',- ted Lewis. Dave Epstein, Ed- 
mund : Lowe and Melville Burke. 



The Great Waltz' if Max Gqrdm ! 
sends it on. tour again and may also ! 
buy in on 'Suds in .Your- Eyes,'' which | 
Kay ' Brown, arid Jack Del Bondio 
propose producing. 

Only bad guess this season by 
Davis was the revival of 'Run, Little 
Chillun,' in which he was the prin- 
cipal backer. - ... . 



Frank McCoy Ordered 
To Pay $2,000 to Cast On 
Take It' Arbitration 

Frank McCoy, who revived 'You 
Can't: Take It With You' in Detroit 
last summer and then sent the 5 show 
to Chicago, ostensibly operated the 
show as slock but it's . been con- 
tended he 1 violated, stock conditions. 
The violation contention was upheld 
by arbitration last week. Equity: 
was the complainant. 

Manager was ordered to pay the 
differential in salaries to the com- 
pany: headed by Fred Stone, total 
due' being around $2,000 covering six 
weeks: Extra coin to the cast in- 
volved -four differences between 
stock requirements and ' those for 
regulation production. The, minimum 
pay. is higher for production, a ninth 
performance calling for one-eighth 
more salary: rehearsal pay is higher 
and the manager must pay for wo- 
men's clothes. Latter '.item, however, 
was slight. 

McCoy was active in stock durin;; 
the: summer,' rotating between sev- 
eral city stands but there has been 
no question raised connection 
with his other shows. He also re- 
vived "Abie's Irish Rose' on the road 
by arrangement with Ah.ne Nichols,, 
and there are now two such com- 
panies in the middlewest, both being 
highly prosperous. 



Latter; staged the show and pre- 
sented it in New York, but on . the 
Coast Bischoff .was. the billed pro- 
ducer. Burke endeavored to re- 
finance 'Married' and early: this week 
there was a chance the show^would 
relight. Previously: the cast had 
agreed to a salary cut. 
- .Last season, 'Cry -Havoc' was 
claimed to be a san's.'ition in Holly- 
wood and a" fast deal was made' that 
brought it east. The all- woman cast 
drama lasted a week and a half at 
the Mbrosco. also with a' changed 
title. 'Proof Thro' the Night.' Later 
it was toured under the original .title 
but very little profit was gleaned, if 
any. ' .' . : ' ,.■. 

. Season of 1940-41 saw two quick 
'flops from the . Coast. . first being 
'Quiet. Please' into which Jesse 
Lasky sunk $00,000. the play lasting 
two weeks at the Guild theatre. 
F. -Hugh Herbert collaborated i 
writing 'Please' but he landed in the 
money . with 'Kiss and Tell,' current 
hit at' the Biitmore. which: has three 
road compan res. the other ' flopperod 
which immediately followed into the. 
Guild was 'Every Man for Himself,' 
which brought Lee Tracy back to 
Broadway', but that . attraction was 
yanked after three performances. At 
that time there were also four -Holly- 
wood comedies and all failed. 



Rose Juggles Tryout 
Bookings for 'Carmen' 
To Await N Y. Opening 

illy Rose is still in the position 
of having produced a hit in 'Carmen 
Jones,' with ho theatre to berth it 
on Broaiiway. He may lay off the 

Amsterdam Roof, N.Y., To musical unm a m- 

■ . ' ■' Jl. ' ■ able house becomes available. Car- 

AlSO S00t NeW PlaVS ! mcn ' 's. remaining a third week in 

Phil.idclphia "Erlanger), dale be' n K 
extended there to avoid bricking 
'Winged Victory' in Boston this 
week., 

'Carmen' will go to the Boston 
Opera House next vyeek, date there 
being sliced to two weeks because 
of the Philly extension. Earjy this 
16.: Piay will be first' shown at the j week Rose offered to buy out For- 
Cliapcl theatre. Great Neck. .L. I., as i tunc Gallo's two- week booking con- 
are, stock showings prior to the Roof | tract, which calls for the San Carlo 



— 1 Mary Elizabeth Sherwood, new. 
comer to show business who opened 
slock oh the New Amsterdam Roof., 
N. Y.. Monday O) with 'The Petri- 
fied Forest.' will go through her plan 
to use the spot for plays by ncw au- 
thors. Announced that 'Crosslown 
Bus' will be presented, there Nov 



dale. 



Opera company going, into the Bos- 



'Bus' was written by Nod Arm- | ton O. : H. after 'Carmen.' If that 



strong and Orrie Lashin. former be-, 
ing pjcs.s agent for Mi'-s Sherwood. 



Plenty Pitt Repeats 

Pittsburgh.- Nov 



deal is made the Rose show would 
play the Hub for a month, by 
which lime, a Broadway spot may 
be. available: otherwise there is a 
possibility of 'Carmen' going back to 
Philly. 

Looks as if Nixon, theatre, local i . Amon 8 lhc Y.- (Watrcs- meii : 
legil house, will have to depend I I'oncd as possibly housing. 'Carmen 
chief) v on return engagements -.to see P s onolimc Jolson, a 1.900-scater 
it through until first of year. 'Al- i on Seventh avenue off 5?th- street, 
though -booked solidly through De- ' i .reccnt.wasuns.rt s -been . used tor., 
ccmber, so far only three of the i Yiddish . shows, . Italian opera and 
coming -allraclions are new ones. , filllflf: - H was estimated that $35,000 
town having seen all the others be- I wolll( ! be v rcquircd to renovate the 



— - — — • m-jfiod, wi:h. the -tempo'. more farc- 



BUHE OPTIONS FICTI0NER 

Courtney Burr, has taken an option 
on the singe rights to 'My Wife. My 
..Wife.* -..a. .SiilcvcpoM -.story.' by- Vir'i 
ginia. Faulkner; 

He will have il dramatized. 



leal thini subtle satire. 
I -Dark .Rl.vrV." which opened Oct. 
j 19 a! the \Vhi;ehull. is one of those 
.;-p!o'.ri*!.ss drama,-: that occasionally 
j work 'hrir way into V/est End 

;:»u-is v. :';-! !.:tlc . (.-xunsc. 
I It ).,oks .rripo-si'olc for b.o. 



fore 

Par;. -of returns started re- 
cently with ' lossom Time' and is 
presently continuing with 'Life With 
Father.' back for third time. - Three 
firsT-lijnorx-.. then , follow, 'Uncle 



Rose being willing, but the 
owners said he'd have; to buy the 
property -if he" wanted it that much. 



Black and White Cast 

Harry:' Nov, 1. Doughgirls' /arid. f> "- I *nr Mnso'c Thainc' 
'Sons O' Fun,' for fortnight.. After' ! 1 0r -JKUSC S-. ; V^naitTlS 



that -conies ''Blithe Spirit/, vvhich was 



here two seasons ago but with the 
roird r;:.sl headed . by Dennis King 
and Aniiiibflla: ' Student 'Priricc,' 
Dec. (i. for. 'sleenth time and 'To- 
bacco Road;' ditto..- 

No complaints wit 1- . aso'ri here 
so far. ; Nixon, has . ady . had 11 

.weeks and will be Ui> to at least . Froin a - Chain Gang; 
21 befor e 'the end .of Dcccm'ber. -'.-'- - 1 duces, and directs. 



Los Angeles; Nov-. 2. 
Mixed cast uf while', arid Negro 
.vers is being lined up by , Clar- 
ence Muse for a sta^e play. 'Out of 
Thi'.sr Chains,' to be produced .in 
Lls Angt'ic.s. . ' 

Drama was , written by Viricciit 
Biii-iis. -uthor of- '1 Am a 'Fugitive 
Muse pro- 



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Current Road Shows • 

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;..:'?-»VJM.e i 's- ltlih > '^^-v-Wsia«Vii^ , C«- 



dhsh-Lvt u^- .whjcb iie'; ; 'is Repiibii.van 
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■ T|W'e's Cb^l Etlltlon .:'; 

Tii ; a'' lhtJve-.dcsigiica ..lo giy.e- CPiisV 
i-cadei'S; aii :'e«^al,. : fbotlitg'- pji .del iv-,- 
iei-ieH. '^Xiiiie: .Magazine :'ii> pii^parilig. a 
Patilic . Coast 'edijtibhi' The .'magazine, 
jiyfli-be mailed to isUbsbribers.ah'd . 
|iv r e:red.. : ro . neiivsstand.sS-. ; . .: :' -.Cijli- 
■furrija .'.dislijibutifr ; Rpill'l, ;eriablitig 
l-eader.s .tp .rcceiyel ihe;iv issues.; syv-. 
ei-^l /days.;- in adyancie pt / . .-.;pi;e^eriii 
dc'l.iy'cryvschediile. : ; ' ; vV'; . .-: -}}.;, 
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.ihc'.-j 'set tin ; iip . the jiew Orgaifizai ipn 

.«Ad...makVff'°V^ 1 ' , ^^^ li °-^ i 'r. P 1 '' 1 )!;-- 
iiuj iaciliiies "and .'•6tl\eV':deiflijtA;. '■' ,.' 1 

?' : '.'..CilA-'fTER'..- .... 
■ ■ 1 Cot'nel ia;;:Oi is .Sk inner dpi hg a ';bjpj> 
of iioi' late-, father.-- 6iis Skinner," - : ' 



. .^Able 1 !! -.Irlsfc Rrtse': (^d^ci.Kf -'Hailir,), 
Clevolancl "■■ fSrOt^VIriiitia.^.Wlje'eTi'iis! 
•t8rrO0:;'-Ei>'iM 

' Ariny. Play by ' Pla.V'^-Sludeba'ker; 
C.h).C.i«f!b ■ ; 1 3r(> • ; ' 'w& ^In/.ind i«iiia iVpl is. 
■' t8-i(jf »;'-. Memorial ' ! • 'A-ifdV'- Lpu isv.ii 1c 

: t 13 . \;-y,.. '.;'v.;^' , ' ! 

': . 'Arseiiic and Old ljic'e' l2cl Cii'.^4- 
Gioioivjal.- Bpsibi) ;.(5.*13 ! >y^y> =.';:. :,-::. 
; ! - 'Blickbuts k of. ; (X'aucleyiEI. 

.Capi(^n. : «6l)y>v6bdl :t3;i3:C^ .'v ;\ V.:-: 
. : 'Blithe "SpiHl'—Wiibto. (Z-: 
,i>» : : ..Mclropolftah:-^ ^;.,Prp< ; idb>Vce. v '(i8.i: 
Biishnel'l A»d.. Harllord (9-10 1: Shu- 
bert, '. :.;Hav.en; .u¥wv.j. ;.'-':;^^ ; : : : 
. 'Blbssoin .tline'^Aud. 'Rochester: 
(3 i:'. rldivg'er. Buffalo :(4-0i: -Royal 
Al^n|ii i a«.'.TQrqntpV/.8>ts-!i 
! ,\ X'araitn..|o^£;£tA : y.A(it.t^h&riger. 
i.PHiladelp'hia;' v !»-6 i;':T Bbs'r6(V.'i)pei-a 
^Ipuisc'vB.ljSl.:;,;/;^ ; ; '< ': : - . •;' ' 
ConnectlcQl- Yanker'. I'dryout)-^- 



••' EmiW Hi/QSUV.reaU^s mtiH-^L-^Zgri^ 

as / v - M'^pdod, - ... .. . , v :.v . . Loui!! ; siudcuuKcr/ Chicago' 

Harold;- ;Momagiie,- whip ^.svppped^g.j^ ,/v .. . '.-rr -.- r 
wvftinsvrorflie: duration^ 

RhiiwbcckviNi V.); - work;;-, |.^i:.American/Slr':Loiiis (:B>l3'i.- ■ 



''.■■'.": . Louts Sobbl's Book ' 

... '; toirlj: Splioi's series; : .";' Vtown', 
letters in his- N. ; '. Jpurn'alTAm'ferj'can' 
ayiidicate ; eblumn -is- being ' cbliecte'd. 

;.fbr c^bopfe'. publication. via^. Bapdoin. 
House':- . ' :..•;■'■': • 
■ Aiutio'logy- ; ,\y .l H > : ' captioned 
.'Sbnietiuies I'm Happy.'- s ' ; . ; ; 



■ Earl -W.llj.-bn.. ni club' editor (or 
Che : Y. ■•Pbsl,,- ,-^ohtg\;^b(iok'.\oi).. 
BVoadway ; -'ifight;'lire: lbr..Dbubiediiy. 
\:;Ed\vavd . We.sl.i;aie- spl'd - '•Forward 
Ob'sel-V. v.-bpok on' Nprih Africa, to 
-E. R. Di|tloir ' 'f p^ JfaiiiiaVy : ' pijb! ica.-^ 
lion. v. • ;.• ..-' '••....;:'• ''' • . • 
:yi'as;;in Londpi) 
'Jtff..; '; ,lii!<-. .pjitz'. 
: -with lliat as.a 



.: 'y-ir.iety' Lesson 

; : VTiic Vedi'tbrW /staff; Cor -tfte: : - ii'iled 
-. 'Slate* .-Afmed . For. ' • Institute '.wjH 
adajii ' a- 'Variety'; ^tpryj 'Niag'avia^ 
- Dare. D.eVils^ : wlilch'. appeared' OcL 
. '. 19«.'..ahd > . ' '.'.'-a'fa^bnjd^by.'Wilr 
■ liWQr F. ;Mcpermott'i-' fbi--.'ihciusioh- in. 
the' .-third of a. series ot books on 
English grainmai- .^arid .corrippsitibri 
The inslilute. a blanch :b'f the Aiiie't'- 
...icaii . Council on- Education, dis- 
; tributes its publicalj to the -rncn 
• and' \yoiben bl ,lhe . .'armed -services. 
..under .' V '.agrecmch't'.'WitiT .-.(he] W'ar- 
: iJeparlnii'iU. . : ';■ " ■ •: ";;.''- : "- ' 

"I't >'i».nara' ■is, being -adapted' for a 
: v volume .''nQvv\i(i:''p^ep^raUphl'Oix"s'ipnV 
tence .' si ruclure and' dieti.on. M'ac- 
.viTVrriaM\-.:\\*ilJ piiblish, V '' 



FpVlui|e On- (ln) : Books ;■ -V.'-*-; 

;\. M.IKS-- arc discover-in ? that' book 
; publish in . has' become" ; a" . big-; ; Wit. 

\Titfc did. piece: oh -the- subject nol 
loi)« agiv. Prin'tei-'s-Ink did.^ne.a :(e\<: 

^•weekK-ajvivand/ivow 

;'a'. d.is'sch-tatibn ;iri; the . currehl- ;Fp'r- 
'■ Utiie.-- atas lb be big.''n)oiiii^;i.i'n'-it- '.fai. 
: ; ;P;«-iuMLv: to. tfQihiii 1 ,!: \v . " ■ : : 
\ ^/Fprluiic's^'pipce vifritlljed -'The 
'-. Bpo'iiV in' .Bbok!;'.^ and n'cHities: Jipw 

' . lid ;i wliy • iArnbr'icaVr* .arc' ;bti.yin,i{ 

books -in recbr' .luiiiiljers. '' :'■ ' ; ' 
-. -Why'' : ' .; ..^iib^ym!OUS^pUbjisiici : -s 
■ 'Kiiye gfine heypnd ihe r .bppks'tpi-es, % to. 
."Place; ihpir.'Iomps . , ' , vih..almoi;it'''^ver : i^' 
■'. kiiid-.'pt; 'i;e\ail 'o^lje^rrom'. drug;r 

Ghyi'c* ■< . \ lfard\yare ' and . "clollvln'g 
. -sipi'os aijd- gasoline slatloi)s.< '.-; -■■ 
;. Book c.liib .'promotion! . and- 'cheap 
i ..'i*pHnl^vh5vfe ^Kclpeji >nia.k«rAm«ri« 

cans . big ! bpokr-biiyei's ior flrstt 'time: 
•• Oi.dy hiiidi-ancc to boom- is . pape'r 
;.ciu ; tailmc'ht;... .'■ 4' 



'Erjka. Marjn; 
dicing .- the-;.''' 
ploli iilg. out * 
:back)jl:binvd.. - r „ . .. 
:. : Ma'r^'r<it;'A^n-:S«.bb^t^ - ^.a jithiVt : cs> 
o^ i ''.^'ne;..iBflly; ! v•Ma<mi^i^n;^nol^••.'•'• 
.r^.dib; 'ope'ralpr ■ v'No,rih\vest ; 'Au--. 
iines'.;'ali Pulufc'JVlinn; .';■;•; ; •;.' ' '.'- ':- 
i: nglc •' o.iv ';■ ': poetry ; : o)ag.«. .they ■ 
iiiie «.'Jp't'.^f : Roe.^f:and;eaj:^;)^^.h$i.«' 
: ip'firsV; sar^sci-ibe' before .item as : .iis>t( : . 
.Remavkabie?iai:ge' s'u^scriptions ^clrU 
up'. . -";-'.' ';■':;.•;;' : '' • •'.'.':.''.' ;..-:; s v'' : ".- " 
.'Talis ■ fbr.i'Priyate :.Tuss.ie,!-.l)y ^.Jes'se 
.SUiarti. a. BpOk''.; . ' . .the ;M6nth Js6lec- : 
tion; for. ; Depempe.!-.- \ytll > be. -.releaseifl.: 
in:. 30'- instalments' (p .:ne\vspap.ej;s by : 
Kiiig: Features* .. ... .. ,'-.'...-•• 

.. r p'oiib.re digest- on 'Tile ; Ship" ;: by 1 C.< 
S. . Fprester! , SjiPrter .ofie/ ';. Readei'^s 
; OijCeslj.;.- '.Iflb'icif.'.'-ln' ; Ladies' ' Honip 
.Tburpai'. ••^irttt; Mriie' t°#o^iftag-°di^e$t'k. 
al ab'ou;i; same linio.. ■ '■' . : -. .,..' • 
/.Cii'rt^.Stodniak,- ; '. \\ ot ■■Dracula" 
aiid tFr.anken'steih' -^r.»p^.'..fln!shedSa. : ' 
book for c.h.(ldi-eri 

.tble. Tli.e ^Siiile. Who "Won. the-^raiid 
j^aU6rj"ii.' ; ipr. \spvillg ..p'Ciblicatipn ;. by' 
Knop.f. : . : ."-,: ..; • ..•;' '-■.■;'.;■■:- 

rrv.in ■i'hiilips,-- RKO -vyriter ^v : hp 
dbes v /dally.!-:: c^rtop'n. '• • .'Gr^Vitig 
'Pains, 1 'for. flie Chicago Sun . Syncji-v 
cate.. ■ now ■ 101 ■. papers: uslng!.'tlie 
feal^y^<-'Up)pea/''iromi.'^'-'^urinii the 
pnsi' year. [ • • ' -. ' ' . •'•' .'. 

, . lion. •. Jbne.V ;.;of ■ Artsfra.lia ,\yas ' - 
leVle.tl.pi.-fiiii'de'nt pf.tKe iiew'ly-foriiie'd 
Hony>vpbti /'...Fpr-eign r .Corespondents 
Ass,ociali " with : : Dante.. ..Odg.plini, 
Bra7.il:. V.p...aiid .Guy Austin- oiidon: 
.^rfcVa'ry-.lrt'astlrcr,',' : .' -"V '. .': 

"a!t''iOfticer .of .War. IiUorrinatioh fca- 
.luros :edi;lrtr ; lp: .beijbme ah; associate 
editp s r of Fortune: \?ffec(i\* .-Monday V- 
.'ll ;';Ma1toite'^-.vi;as'"previoi4sl^: '''$$' 
agent, for Cioneral: Eleciric. 



, .'.'.poiiKlifr'rrls''. ;(2d Co. i — -Palace': 
$bnth;/Be>icr i-3i.: Siatlv 'kalqmafiop 
.."(4 i-.'^KTichigan', ' Jackson. ,i5.!:/.Michi-. 
fiimV /A|in ' Arbpi'- . . 1.6 «. :' ' . ■ Pllts'-. 
bvii'gri.'i; *i3>: :•> .. •> ':'-'- - ■"■ -'- ; - ; 

'l»o"ug|iglrts' f3d Go:-i^Mii?.ic, Hall,. 
;i-J piWtpii.' (-3-4 >• ■' C i iy- Aiid:.'- Bea m yon t. 
itUl'. Murticfpal, 'And.'::'- ' prl.'eyn.s 



::Joliiy:-.Wilsiaehs.:'-'anderv:;G^ Reading 



17-8); Aud.: Shrevepoit -i!" >: Robin- 
spif- •.Aud,-.. iiltd'^: Rock'; ri;ti; ; .. u'd':. 
Mcmptils 1 12-13 i:',v ; -;-' : - ; -- ; ': . .". 
;:' Gilbert HiiiL SullU-ari^Rpy^l 'Aipx^ 
itndi'a-. .Toronto (3-B ): His- MajeSty'V; 
Montreal . (.8-.13V. " •. -; - : ; 
: 'Gqpil ' Ntglit ..Ladles' -rH Blackstobe/ 
Cjiicagp. .fd'-l3 '-':.':':.» ■ ; ; .-' ''-.■ V 
: 'P.cecipa'd.es" ^ Arena." PhiUidelphia 
•i iS.i'i-lCaidens. :PIUsb'ui"gi» ,<4wi3.i'. - ~ 
. -'ice ; Pollies oi'Usfi'^Arci'o: ' Ch'i- 
; cagb'.<5-!3i. : '-: u :;; ., -' .- ' :/' ..: 
J.'Jane EyreVCivicV i;, Pasadena 
'ftXi ' Civic A-ildV; Fi-.csiSb : j i: . College 
;«»P.-fracinc '.U;-\^to<ikf.AiT 'JH^-Cliity. 
San - Francisco- .tS-"13 : .| : .V ■ \ ■ . .'•' . 
>' 'JaWe*' (>d/..Cb..V^-Givic.: .'Ch'icago. 

>*-i.3i. 'V- V: ; " -"■: 
"' 'JuHior" Miss'.^Et'iglis.fi..' ia'napb- 
Jis ^ .-(3-6).: Bijou, ^^•:-Batfle. : ,'Creek r '(8): 
palace; flint ' (9. >;. Temple.-, , Saginaw 
i'lO/iSMicliigan.. Lahsing-(l'l-'t:K'eithV. 
'Grand - HSpids '(12-13 )-•' .' - . '.' •.' -.S '. *.; 
v, , kfss...and ttll; . ■ ':Cb;J^Harns; 
Chicago (3-131:'":: . C .. 

•Kiss - and T*U' (3d' Co.)— PJy-. 
mo'uth'.; Boston -.i,'3^T3i:" ; ■' "';■:'■...".-■' 
.. . 'Klsii and '; .' . . (4th Cb.V— Ciirran.- 
'.San-Francisco : (3-13 )!': ■ . /.;.'' : , .' 

•Lady Behave' " icu'yp^t} '-^ Play- 
house. . iimingi'ofi. 1 4-6)' i premiere >:• 
'Maryiaiid-. Baltimore ('8-13 1. ' - ; ; . 
. •Lltlle Women'^-Lafayelte: Detroit- 
1 3-l3>. ■■ ,■'>' ' v \~ y~ ■.'-.■■'■,' -':v'-- '-V': 
< -.;%l'le.:>llii .Fatnet'V fid Cb, )— Vic-- 
'toria, "U}ayloii , '('3 [)i Memorial Aiyt:; 
;TjnulsvilVe <4"6): CbJc.'.ern'cinnati (8- 
13 i. •/ • '. . .' ': ' ...'• 
; "Ldyeis- and . Friends' ."'(Iryout )— 
Ca^: X)eli-pil (3-13). '; ; - -. / - . 
• ':>>iatd' in the Oiarks— Gieat Nbrlh-' 
.eiu. .Chicago; (3^13 i.'' v : : / - . 
' . '.O.klahpmH*, f 2d. Co J -^-Ford % Bali i • 
more; i3 : 8iy Hanna.'Clevelunfl '.' -^3 ): 
,'Porpy and • Bess'— Court Squal'C. 
iSpi-ihglleld .(^ ); BusHhel'l Aud.. Hart- 
ford. i4-(i,i:\L'yrit; c Alteii'io.wn- ;.(*h 



Man: . novf),. wax- used, tohg .ago. by ; | iiim . S p 01 .,- , m .. State. ••.Harrisburg' 
Paiuimotnxl. ■■■'^.Ol?;..,he.-is y su^ 

(here. iin ion«ge follow-uvj- called :.;]•). )V| ' ; •• • . -." -------- 

•UndeiVKlWii'.^iltiJb;^ 

wpihcfi sjtft' jiitpvit. all ways..; / -. i,, n ,'. vKii ii ;-:-'; : . - - - -' - .. .;' ° -: 
.. - >Vf!jbi/i3arne.yr'0ldi.leid, ex-L'ilicj>'.ii • •■ 'Siijd.ent 'iJPj-.iiicc'T^Co^ Giik-iiiiiati 
;.J«Mi*rta.1,fl! ; m^i.iROT»."'.: '. ; VsWtotf: fd.ii f: *3*i' : v: Hariin'*n;" •ebiiimbtis - : (8»'i0i- 



overseas-:. 



post \yith 



. Phllly Record's Two. Libel ! 
;: The. phH(idefpl)ia'R«Mrd;4ak':\\^e'|(- 
,: AvaS.sueif^roi' ^^Ifbel. by "BsW:B^wdei-;. 
. : . ge;ncral;.secrelary.;or ihe Cbrhmuiiisi; 
; - .P : !arl.v.- aiid .Morton .Wilkml .Repli.b.- 
; lican Couiily Gbm m i.9sibner. pi Ph illy;. 
'^^aC.h.-s.ou'Blil/f'l.O 

. -- ; -,-, : -Tfie suits.were .both aimbumjed the 
■' sajjw. day' (Fiiidayi, and both claimed 



.. . . . .. Aii - VEnclfe.h. Indianapolis' (11-13 )'. ,. . . 

, borne- Di.vi.-ion. Incidental ly...Waiiier ; - •The' Patriots' '-- Erliinger uffalh 
rils:; - has;: had a. paVn troop> J'a rii by i -. . .• St raiid. .- JtHa'ea ' ? i 4 >'■ ' '■'«&»&' 
,Qldli.c1d pji. the {(rl.ddle 'fp'r i>; A ; ear | ; Rothe(ilei- , i5-(5>'; -^WafnuC Plvlladel-, 
and may .-^bpn. .. - . .' : ^. ; ;;:phia ; '8-13 V- .'■ *..:■. . -: >'::'-;'-'- : -.'■".:' 
V^Col^rplling.. ihtei^t:.m;;bQbk-piib^,:- ^Tbei'Volcie : o^-lfe^Turll^ Mtrvoid i 
•.lishihc;-., ;'...:; o t'-. Sniitji A -. .urVe'Uia'c-^ -r BltatBe'i^;.-.-^Nc\v'.''.--'--H , a v'e"iv- ; ' 'i4-6i' 
qliirijd by .A:--:.S';. Bailies. Coiiiparty.-- i'lprehlitix-ri:. Vvrib'ui^ Bpstdh v (S-i:j i -■'■'■' 
hiakjivft t he lalleV a •publish.^ of.- liir- p 'tlirec's.i' .Kamlivv:(2ti>.CoJ j'-^pjiy". 
Upii'. fpr.Jhevni^tvt'uiVc in/iis i>A,-;trti:; .liaiise: /Wilmiti(4toiv" tj-l-.- 13 'i..; - :. ' , . 
Barnes .had- 'Jiilherio- specialized' V ■';■ - . '.tobacco:. Road'^LbVusl.' Philadci- 
iipn-ncfion.van'dyfeatur'ed-.bbp " ' 

-sporls.- , .-., '-- --.;. .'.'.-'. ''.*.-'-'-';i'' I •''TomoriW.-' "' ''^V<i 
:■' Steve Fisher! .^ 
:timv.Tiikyo/.'^h<cn:A'p°^(.biHCen^ 
is' brlhginjg/putvNoy' .22; is^uO-fXiiyr- ti 
sequel! ..\yhich' ;.will 'dial 'UNth . AmeViT 
can. (rcciipaiibiv .'-pf .', Japan, ..v-Ffe^ci 

ring; Gi:ai.it:based^pO)'i. - D>'sl ; rn.i- 

tkiit To^yb.' :. ; .- ..-,.'-' / /- '•'- '....:- 
v ' Hfni-y V6|siappeii ' is . esiabJjshing; 

a nptt i pdSl Jiii ..Holly Wood V as., per- 



. World' (Sd^Go,),-. 
Davidson. Mi.lwauisee:i3-6ir.- Selwyp/; 
'■Ch'icagb' i B-13 J. " .;'-.' /•': :• •-'■';'.- 
v't'nclc; . liarry'' -^Nixo'n/ -Eit'tsoiil'gh 
'37(!i:^brd , s.;'.BairihVoii-78-i»i. • V 
-;. »Whal- , #.A:yp?'/'.(ir.vdiit •»'••„• Walnut, 
Philadelphia ; i'3.(Ti. / '..'->".'•-.:•. ;- >-..- 
~. -V^Wnred.' Vlcidry 1 / tit$qirt'i. 7 ii i si.wi-; 
be'.i:i... Boston- I3rl3;..(ijre'n.iiei , e !'.' '. •'. ' :.' 
': ■ f Wllliotil 'tove'-^Erianger, Chicago 
(3-13); ; : ' -.-'••'.:"•: ; •- . "-. ' :'-- \ < ... ... •;.' 



— Leeit 



Diillic^-" ':Ve.pprting ; .the:.tcslimQn,v of Ceoi>R>: drowhV'nhdvWltil^- B^Ut'lt 
'sitf': ififi-' e^wtmoiHS', e'ic jotO«ih • irtal';- in v Jfc*t Voik; iden tided theiiv as foi •- 
liier officers of ihe Iii|ei'nallbnal Alliance of Theatrical .'SlaBe -Enipibyeos 
b.n'i mine, .mpniibhcd' v tl).c fact Ilia l .'lATSE/Ms-' cpnimriiiry ■ k'uo\vii as". t)w • 
>>tiifie'l\nj)ds;- tiiiipii.. .-'-Last /-\v^ -.' 
'(ake-bye.C'.-ilie . V uu'ib.lis,- B) pWiie a)id BiolT.boi'hg Xbrccd.to; dtop. tliar 
.idea wlkMi ^lio AKsbclalei;! Actors and Ai:ljs.tes Of Airt.erl'ca ;(Fbiu; A'sri'-puV 
.'ii'pX$i.''dclbrin'iii]c^.paUlv^;f. { ' '..•'.•.'•.••:' .:'; ; ; ..'-."v-.,. . ■': '. '■' /'i- .■.*■■•..'■>.'.'■:>':'."• '■ ': '.■ 
;- The. ['^or^yfe'.^siei^/by. 6(-p\ynb aijd Sibff.. pa-pie' -'afteL-'. I^'.-gaVc vB'a'Jiili ; 
.Vytriiojvead - a' cjvarto :Ani$Ff(j:fn' : 
F^'d.eralloi'i.^f^A'yljjfs;: witicli Wliiichbad -headed/- . ' ' -revjiKed by:- iJ'ie- F.Our 



A\s:.:' 1 Beri .Uv.l'el:h jViifib' lie'jided ..Oic : :Equii.yf:-cbriUngbirt. opposed -the ■ia)ice|-';; 
iaTiyh':;; flc ;wa.>, pVoiniscd; lirc^c ':\y>uld;..:bb:-.iip action rwikcrt; 'M-U.ile--'he : .Vvas ;' 
a wa'y/ jfor-: ihe;. vv.cckci.)d, bur -;a '-.vofe' ^ / 




stagehands uiVibiv.. . .W,hcn : .the"; .toio-- Clni'r4ifo Shay ,v«iilidrew 



l-viis- repoHed'; : that. e'xp/cii.diUires-'.amb(ri)Cing^ ,$lO(i,o6p .had. hot boe.n/eii ' 
^plained 'buVHiiidfir till: litiioh's; . , " ; the presideiii; may^ina'ke oii(ia,ys;-at ■ 
hisf-'dlscretioii:^ SKay was,;lB,rgeiy .ci^ i ";-the :'. 

lii.aViagpr^^iyriijg thp 1.9.19 aplors'- ijtii . ::':•' . '. '.'.-.y '^ '•' . -;/'.'.- ; .. 

v';.The. S.hubcrts : .'Giibert.:&..S direction .of ft'rvfl: 

Btir.ilsidei .bpt'ji'ed. M 

advah'cejrsal^ Uided' by' :T.ively, press, interest.. : ^BQiy.,.ypMn^:iiv;{rKeXClbj)e' i 
.a;-nd'.':Mati Addressed .an open lelteV .IdVRuper'l.- D v piM,V: i C'arle. London?:chi(U. 
ing hiriv jtjUt .n9t-;p^ing:.'Canaili V" , ncl». ! h%'(l. , a«|»c] »i.sijp'd.- the/.-.U.^S-.; ^ CoViimp- -.; 
isi- .nicntibi'ed: il'.ii' the/nrsli pyp'fi'^ pi'csDjvtationi/thatyHve'A-ie. ': 

.sej?iv\:in iTipi-C: ye»V5 -l.h'a'n /t can ' rVriienjljci:.''.- ..F.p'r' the ' Canadian '■■■'djilc Mhe. - 
G- . &. JS. pppi-eMaV.'-wcre Jj'mitcd -tb. TWal By. ''Jiiryj': 'Piniitore' ';aiid-.."^.iratC'si 
of Pp.fthancei'-beeajjse the; copyr^ 

and hb-'blames- Qarto restricting tri.e; use of "olher operettas,- whith. tVie ■ 
lallei-.co'iilrols. .. '•- •;'-.-'.'.'' / ■ " s . V.;.:- : ^ ■' ' ■ '"- ,-.:' -'.-, - ; '; 

'• •Tlve-PaM^ 

cl^UAg;'l^'a1 ? ;P<irtad{a*nif:?air^ linicfi 'lbs's fainiliar /with ■^■mcyican^histbi'y- llian .' 
pepiil.e. on .this "sid§ bt;thc ''bbi'detWu 
of : Gpbrge W;ashi'ngfpiV. wh 

'USitfV^y\.'Kin^icy);"'Af&xiindcV Hanijftbn; . " ' .'-sayiiVg , 't\ye ;dic'e!.wc.r,e Jbad^d\- 
agrfinsf -HathirtonxbSV'tlie' piayw-righl '.i he \\ i a».\UVy,.pfeserVe'f.''- - o"f i '.^bi'':.. 
Atneiji'V .\y.iii.biii.bccatisc .Linctf.lM": -'.a, ■ .rt^niiltoiVhiif .'•/•;•'; ; : 'bi:-''''-, •'.'.:''. ■'.':. 



.,; Tl)c i etiirn -.oi' '. iuit; ' Wbmen'. lo: llie Liifayelle .^ie;ati-'c,-;beii''.oir, sVls/' '■■'■"./■ 
son\e. ;iiisloriciil '""-^i<t«'l.i^l>t& : ^jKiiic^;tl l i"<e ^ fj'Iay'-"/' ;sf. ( -vv;)*; produced-.. iiiT Detrpit; *. - 
hibre 'thaii iSftf.^$ai<!i:*KO" .'byii»«;Ja|«f 'Jiissie. BonMcl lu'-'aiid AViir(bhy 'A.-BKi.d;^" \. 
at'.tlie nbvy'deparlecl. Gai'ri'cfc tliviitrb'. / its ybddil.y .fi/thai Wliil'e Ihe-'prcseiit .' 



iifi'. vya's. for; phly : a ,'\vcekv. a. pa le, / 




Colcijiid 



. :Ki v\ Ufnd"'." .' ■ tlie/sU(w : : :j:Plcs. 



jMichae-.l Todd .-'called- UV the:tk<ket' brplj"er:s'»Tnduy'i-'(29 ■ 'and .gave : \ ';. 
pejj talk. : say iji .. allotment's;, foV.li't^'-shpws the-' ' "> 

of. ticki',ls ■cacK' N sbld. duril>g..tlie':' l pas(. yOar/or . : ; : ildba .^as. to: : talk vaboiit;:. 



"Jhe Nalted' : Geiiius".'(Piy'in'biithr.rallVcV. |hah /his; i^her . shows. .•Stal: and, 
(rt.ar le c\ ; ■ ( Mjisic . Box j'. a nd ;: 'Sprri e t'lii (ig 'pH ■ Th.e Bpys'/jAly i it) :<r, Ascn cV«- 
dJd : .l?ijfrRi;is(rigly^ w^ '/ ./ :.'. 




.Cojnes-VHfnV.i«.t)a>V!iA^n4s; prcseiiling;:.' :''".' -.Brbadxyay Ihis seaspn, feiul ,1«a*../ 
iip' idea/.bf" filtering'' jHIn) -prbdoction;. with-.lh'a"t. :sci;ip'l .or iany'-oThel-, Tfe;;, ; 
alsb'.'-.deni'es/jiego'tiatin^'.wirh Artist's ; , ; • ahypiie' etse; fegardinp- a';.;' 

picliiive releasing 'dfeal, ■ Sepprt -jfi'oni' the.. Cpasl- lasl. week ;was..thtil .Todd' 
; ^ould:.'(eam wflh ;agent,F;r<TiiK.':Q'r^ ; ' wVih 

"fiugene' O'Neill's : ^«\-lWn^iv;Coifimie°tK'> iii '.occiiiiibifaLiy ..rtientlOiujd.' jror: . 
revival but it's : virtually: 'certain • th'e'.)xlay-! Wi.ll-.iibi;-^. -' prpid'iiced •.;untiJ- ; .thV '• 
War. iii' over./: AUthbrZ-whose^ bealiii - is : $jjah':. : thai/li«': ;caV)ji»((t .'sUjid Wow .- 
York's .cfimaie. /sfends: word: from >iis;Cbas't Hciihc lliat he. docs not .believe • 
sxich a- sflVibus drjiiria' -would pie acccplable ; i(h'der'- present wbrld/cbndilioii'i.; - 

' O'Npfil is jnsisterit-.ihat he diyec\ ihe -play- Becavise he/caiiivpl:.- journey ' 
•east.;, the ■Theatre Qiiild./ w.hiclv has^^ aulhby's ixlays.; prot/ 1 

pbsed :p.roducin . '.IcemaiV-' :.Sah; Fr%nioisc6, nol.-Taiv/rorn his/hpiiVe;':bi)l:.h.e/ 
nixed the idea. ; ' . . • .' •-.-'•• : . '- •' '.' • -. . '' vV-/-; ' ■:'. ;:' - '■' ' ; - •- .'•: 



•■/WoJUc .Novell../ (nigh rctaining/hei-.-Vadip -'iirflBVain^^.^ff^'oliO:"- 1,0 the 
publicity field, baying; jb'ihedahe. A-ssii. Of Thcatriciir Agents a.hd -Managers. 
.MisvReveil'.lvas .agenied.. niany .Bi'oadw.iiJ':.- srtpw. > .iiicludiiig Ziegfcld'.-i. •Rn's- 
.ajije^ Tlio . Centui-y Girl'- iibiliiiigliani an ; ^tc^fetd^.; ^ aiid Jbliiv- Cbri"s. nin>: : " 
slcals.. ' She./plaii.s- .reiiiaijiirtg: iiv Ne\vv:Ybrk'.;biil-/'was/iii /adyaiVce; of; sevtvul; : 
Al J.o.lsori shows- among others; ' a" (so; 'being-'- jjchcralv.pi-^.':'-«pf .ei^nJ'^V!* "",-•': 
fi»>y. 't^e'- :rornwr : vPerey-;WiU'i>W y^tidex-.rlle-'.cirenit,'' •nd'sh^'IVandl.pd sp.c.i'iii.l . 
eijjplbita.tipo tp'r.'':yw'.C!rphir;ani--cii:eidl-. . ' / ■/• . .-/' -.. , ;.: •' ,- : • • '•:'.. .- .; 



■ :Maxwell Ai^crspii/is.wi'itmg a. new sfeixc. {Q'be/Ui^rlXW.^nto/th^^pqrfa 
;act-6t-;Srorm°.Op«r.aYi6!ti.?'Ms..d^aina{ S^boii'i i\ic . A-illcd- '■ i'ii'\'as/ioiv.' ' Sioily. 
;wliic.hahe-;Play-wr|gliJs^C lale.ilv' ecanu>cr.;: 

^ViSty: Lwiie: '/formal;. /' /' / instructor v at: •'W : i^onsin % 'Ubi ! < , t>'i^ly' v -.'$vhp,;^<'>. i 
Oracled XA-ndersph's :att,cn'lip^v: avV* •TatlVr'8;;.E.ve-...o.r--.; 
:St/'Mar^/ l ipi: ihe,'.Red';'Ci-a<s iiv"iibitdpn. - will stage: Vlie',s;ho\'vcH< , ':js in/ tti'':; 
U. S.' oil Xurlbugh foi\ ilic ssigilmpiil. - John. Garfield and CJo.i:ir(i<ie Miis : 
gi bve are : mentioned fpv.:- 'glbyiiv Operalipn'-, leads.: .. . ' . : '.■ ' ..- " 



Grace Moore .Draws* 
: $4,800 in K . 6^ i-jSit«jr 

:/'.; V -' ■ /; Kansii-: Ciiy..^ '".-..' 2., • 

/'•:.C9'nccr.i-....*y. :: ,6ra^M6^tt-:Un':'-the 
oriait). arena bf.':'lHe Muhtcipal. 'Audi* 
WiuiVvvlaiH TTriday .-night i2§) 4te% 
nearls-.' ,4.00(5: Wusie-lov-'ers.- Gross 
^tt'ssfppi^xtpa^i^.:.^^ : ,;;'-. ; '•'. .; 
;; °hj»^"Wii/.a«a.lc^'aj' a' '%tiii ' top. • >•' •■ 

Boston. Comic Qpera 

$6,500: in 4 at )3u(T 

--/.' ;•'•/. '' // '.-. Buffalo/ Nov.-. 2/,',.' 

;■ Busloh' 1 - Comic O.per-a /Co.. in 'fmr. 
litertoi'inances'.'KV'-tlv^vfirlapjRi'.^la?!' 
vV.e'ek raiig up a : t ri hi estinihted ; SCJiOu. 
in'., the :face.;- decidedly: adverse' 
weather:; ' ; ;■ :;.;;.:' . . ".•' ■ :?■■'.: 
r^buse .ivas.sc'alea-^l $2.!>0 : lb^': '.-: . 




Pjayl Abroad 



XoiKlnucd; 



:rs<- 42 , 



;-.-/" / -/ / ^l^lulMllflH: ':. / ..-?a/;;' 

bule.-pla'ns./fdi: tli'e.'-IUluri!'. aiid/biie.p.i, 
the'-ol'der girls, wlip: con'imjls suivid* 4 
hii.hrr. '-llVaii : >ia;ve. .'her •16,ve'i.:fa.l5e io, " : 

h^'idCalS.- - ;'- - -'-- '- - ':•.'•- -' ; '• .. '.'.-,-.• 
." . Kb : .oills(;iuding" ^ 'pcrfbr.m^n'ce . 
raTie. -this sparsb 'plgl: Crow. tliU'.coHi.-' 
;hionp(ac«.;'..-.^-' film ;,ver.sion.V\vo'ulii- 
'ptby idc ; itvo're succtil en 1 . fare • in. "I hi ■' : 
vwiy of- r'eal. avalaiicheiand' gli'iciy:' 
^'hb.is-. ■ and'...'-\yi()i' ; .vast :siib\v/v>t'''- ; - ; 
convey • Hie .'.-effect.: of "isplativir-: ...' .. '/ . 
civiliyatioiv mpre vividly.- • ■ • : •• : '-' 
.' -»pt much to 'shi>w''i)ie.-". hand pi.; 
.John - Gielgud *<s. piuduccr, .vThci-! 
is lob- 1 irtuch r-us.hi))B':'iiv. and . flulv V* '■ 
up'jaiitf '.dovvhsta;iV>.. .iyhicly ii> -juiiMS'-; 
tling atld .uiVneccSsary/',' - As 1 '. ' ;.VI.V .-/••; 
pl'ay. Ine'vev. rises ; lb ■ ah v Hi'isbiv: : 

. .;,": ;■ , ',; ; f <*|eiM.- - ; 



Wednesday, November 3, 194S 



LEGITIMATE 



45 




'Kiss' 19G; Army 1-Acters Up to 14G 



Chicago, Nov. . 
. Every attraction in town .Is doing 
-■old-rush' business with sell-out per- 
formances the rule at least several 
times weekly. 'Janie.' which ■ re- 
turned the Civic to the legit picture 
last week, is doing exceptionally 
well at a theatre several blocks from 

■ the rialto and the management re- 
ports $14,000.' for the second week 
with a nice advance sale. : 
; "Kiss and Tell' had another near- 

:'. capacity week at the, Harris, with 
$19,000, and ' Army, Play by Play' at 
(he Studebakeiv jumped -to. $15,500. 
'Without Love' opened to $14,000 at 
the Erianger. and Sunday night per-. 

. ftirmanccs- have been added .due to 
the demand for tickets. .Civic Opera 
House joined the legit circle last 

.* night (1) with Boris Morros' 'The 
Waltz King,' which opened, strong 
■with an' advance sale indicating 'its 
stay until Christmas., ■■ 

Estimates for Last Week v. 
'Armv, Plav by Play,' Studebaker 
(2d week) U;400; $2.75). Jumped to 
$14,000. 

'Dark- Eyes/- Selwyn (5th week) 
; (1.000: $2.75). Dropped a lew '■Hun-' 
.: died to $14.000. 

' 'Good Night, Ladies/ Blackstone 
: (81st week) (1.200: $.275)/; Grand-' 
daddy of them all still hanging 
around $17,000. 

'Janie.' Civic (2d week) (900: 
$2.75). Doing fine with management 
reporting $14,000 draw in' second 
week against a $15,980. possible ca- 
pacity^ ; -. ', ■.. 

.'Kiss and Tell,' Harris (25th -week) 
; (L000:'$2.75). Virtual capacity again 
with $19,000. ■'. V :. '"': 

"Maid In Ozarks/ Great Northern 
(61st week) (1.400; $2,75. Will soon 
pull stakes, lor road tour. - Around 
$7,500. ■ . ■' .' . . , 

With Love,' Erianger (1st week) 
f 1.300: $2:75).; Demand, for. tickets 
has necessitated the adding of Sun- . 
, day performances; Did $14,000. V 

BARRYMORE 'CORN' 
$15,800 IN DET. 2D 

Detroit. Nov, 2. . 
"There's; little 'decline in grosses 
here,' with second weeks continuing 
to top the first-session figure. 
..Ethel Barry more- iru'The Corn Is 
Green' at the Cass theatre registered 
a .tidier figure in the last week -with 
approximately $18,000 at the $2.75 
top. With the first week's $15,800 it 
•brought the; two-week .tally to a 
choice $33:800. The play followed to- 
night (2) by Katharine Cornell in the 
premiere of 'Lovers and Friends.' 
Gloria Swanson rounded out a five. 

' week stretch of 'Let Us Be Gay' at 
the Lafayette' with $8,900 for the final' 
week at the pop-priced top of $1.65. 
It brought :the "five weeks'- gleanings 

: to approximately $50,000, . Following 
the; same price scale. Erin O'Brien- 
Moore moved i i.v Sunday with 'Little 
Women.' ... 



CARRADINE'S'HAMLET' 



San Trancisco, Nov. 2. 

The John Carradine Shakespearean 
players clicked well: in Frisco for :a 
giant S14.000. estimated; at $2 top, 
last week.' 'Kiss and Tell' still held 
up strong at $17,000. 

Estimates for Last Week 

'Kiss '"and Tell,' Curran ' (1,700;: 
$2.75 (2d week). Fine $17,000. 

'Hamlet,' Geary (1.500; $2). Excel- 
lent $14|0QO. 



'Abie' Sturdy $13,000 
In 6 Days at Indpls. 

Indianapolis, Nov -2. 
. 'Abie's Irish Rose,' returning. after 
an absence of more than 15. years, 
clicked for a highly profitable $13,- 
000 at.a $2.20 top in six days, closing 
Saturday (30) at the English (1,500); 
Healthy 'interest, in ;Junior Miss,', 
here, for a four-day return engage- 
ment starling Wednesday (3). 'Dark 
■•Ey.es/-aftcr cancelling earlier dates, 
- wa s reset for Nov. 15, 18, 17.. 'Life 
With' Father' was booked' for - a 
third: annual engagement all of 
Thanksgiving week (22). 

Rave Press for 'Patriots' 
Bat Only % Toronto 

' . Toronto, Nov. - 
Despite', a . rave press. -Patriots' 
chalked up - disappointing $8,000 
here, with citizenry generally unac- 
quainted, with the 'Jefferson'- story. 
Royal Alexandra .(1,251-seatcr) wa£ 
scaled at $2.50 top. ' .,:'■ ■■,'. 
. Meanwhile, , Bopton Comic --..Opera' 
. with 'Pinafore' and 'Pirates of Pen- 
zance' had advance sale of $8,000 at 
same scale for this week of Nov. 1. -.' 

'Senior Partners,' a family play by 
Emily Sea.ber Parcher. . is. being sub- 
mitted loprbducers by the Liebling- 
W.ootl aqeney. '; 



'Blossom Time* $18,800 
In 19th Cleve. Visit 

.-''•'■' -."-.•'' Cleveland; Nov; 2. 
Although it was 'Blossom Time's' 
lflth- visit , to Cleveland^ operetta 
socked the jackpot for ever $18,800 in 
nine performances at Hanna last 
week, with $2.75 top. 
■ Near-capacity biz was surprise to 
house' management as' well ns J. J. 
Shubert, in, town on a look-see. who 
said local gross surpassed all" stands 
show has played so far this season. 
" 'Abie's Irish Rose,' back at Hanria 
for second time within three months, 
also refuting- crepe-hangers by draw- 
ing healthy-sized crowds. .'Okla- 
homa,' due. Nov. 8, nearly sold . out by 
landslide of mail orders. 



OKLAHOMA' $63,000 
IN 2 SRO D C. WEEKS 

. . -Washington, Nov.: 
'Oklahoma' in 18 performances at 
the National grossed a total of $63.- 
000 m two weeks. First seven days 
was .$27,500, but -two. extra perform;- 
ances at full boxoffice pr'ice. ; with- 
out ATS subscriptions, boosted, the 
second week to $36,000. This was all 
the theatre could hold.. 

'Sons b! Fun' came in on Monday 
(1) with an advance of $20,000. The 
Olsen and Johnson musical , at; $3.85 
top should top 'Oklahoma's', gross. 
The two stars bought 50 seats for 
the opening performance, and 20 
seats for each subsequent show, dis- 
tributing same to . members : of the 
Cabinet. U. S. officials and members 
of Congress: Comics are. their .own 
best customers' since they pay the. 
full boxoffice rate:! 

'Uncle Harry' and 'Patriots' arrive 
in- late November . for two- weeks 
each. They will be followed by- a 
fortnight's: engagement of, Gilbert 
and Sullivan. 



'TOMORROW STRONG 
$16,500 W ST. LOUIS 

;/ v ": ■, St. Loula, Nov. 2. :' 
.Facing' such opposlsh cuffo 
Navy Day program that drew 19,300 
natives to the Kiel (Municipal) Audi- 
torium a few Mock aways, 'Tomor- 
row the World" wound up a success- 
ful one-week stand at the -American 
theatre Saturday (30) . With the 1,- 
700-seat house scaled to $2.80, drama 
drew an estimated $16,500. It was 
one of the best takes of the current' 
tour';':'.- . '.•..'' '-'■'-..'■.'.. : ' '''.- 
.The' moppet Dickie Tyler, drew 
raves equal to those dished out by 
the: crlx to Elisaa Landl and Paul 
McGrath. Ethel Barrymore. in The 
Corn Is , Green' .opened a- one-week 
stand at the American last night 
(Monday)! The house Is scaled to 
$2.80, and' a heavy advance points to 
a profit. '. 

Tyre' $9,000, 'Ozarks' 
4G, LA., 2 New Entries 

Los Angeles, Nov. 2. 

Five, shows , are currently keeping 
the lights bright in local legit houses- 
Bowing in last week was 'Save Me a 
Sailor' at the Mayan; and 'Yours for 
Fun'- at the ■Hollywood Music Box.: 
Latter got away to a good opening 
last Thursday (Oct. 28). while 
Mayan is playing about average on 
initial Week downtown. 

Next for the Biltmore is Constance 
Bennett in the Theatre Guild /pro- 
duction, 'Without Love/ opening 
Nov! 17 for tworand-a-haif weeks. 
'Jane Eyre- closed Saturday (30) with. 
$9,000 for final week.. 'Eyre', does 
week of one-nighters. then lights the 
Curran, San Francisco, Nov. 8 for 
four weeks. 

: 'Maid in the Ozarks' at the Belasco 
is counting up $4,000 oh the seventh 
week after: taking same last stanza. 
'Blackouts of; 1943' is steady with 
$14,500 estimate on 72d week. ' 'New 
Meet the People' at the . Assistance 
League is pulling another $4,000 in 
14th week. ■ > ' 



'Jr. Miss ? $9,000 

In 2d Cincy Visit 

V 'Cincinnati', Nov... / 

. Repeating within seven months- of 
its first Cincy visit, 'Junior, Miss". dis- 
appoiht'ed'fasl week in the l,300;seat 
Cox : theatre by grossing .less than 
$9,000 at $2.20 top. The show pulled 
$15,500 in the same house at $2.75 top 
on' its engagement last' March. 

THis week , the; Cox • has* Everett 
Marshall in a 'Student Prince' re- 
vival at $2.75' top. Next week 'Life 
With Father at $2.20 high, and ivc* 
of Nov; . 'Army Play by Play' at 
$2.75 top. : ■; 



Torgy' Nice $13,500 
' In 6 at New Haven 

m ■ New- Haven, Nov. 2: '.- 

Porgy and Bess' . dropped by. the 
local Shubert for a four-day stand 
<2i-30) and carted off a .nice esti- 
mated $13,500 oh -six; performances. 

Current last half is break-in bit 
Voice of the. Turtle- (Sullavan- 
Nugent)' for three days (4-6). Next 
week brings. 'Blithe. Spirit'- for Nov. 
11-13, then follows 'Three's a Family' 
for weekend, of Nov.. 18-20. -.'■:■:'■-. *' 



Rains Dent B way But Biz StiU OK; 




Surprising 20G, 'Nocturne' 5G in 7 

Broadway Whs somewhat /bogged forts made to relight; 'Get Away Old . 



Boston. Nov. 2. 

Faced, with dwindling returns 
throughout its three-frame, session. at 
the Opera House. 'Artists, Si. Mode-Is,' 
Lou Walters' revue, nonetheless 
lopped the- market during a week of 
Steady rain; and moved but Saturday 
.(30),- 'Blithe Spirit/ opening Monday 
.'25) ".on "first return visit/also hurt by 
the weather, didn't respond as ex-: 
peeled, but advance is good. Same, 
morevor less true of 'Kiss and Tell.' 
dropping slightly in seventh, week. 

.'Arsenic and Old Lace' opened 
strong at the Colonial Monday: (1) in 
third visit, to town; "Winged Victory,' 
mamnioth : air force- show., a sensir- 
tional biz getter, opened Tuesday (2) 
at' the. Shubert. Meanwhile ^Carmen 
Jones.' originally set. for- the Opera 
House ;'same night, 'was set ahead to 
the 9th. Due in on the 8th is 'Voice 
of the Turtle.' at the Wilbur, while 
on the: 15ih 'DoughV irls'.goes to the 
Colonial: 'Abie's, Irish Rose' to the 
Plymouth and 'Student Prince' to the 
Shubert. ■'.'. ; ,'.. 

Estimates for Last Week 

'Artists and Models,' Opera House 
(3,400; $4.40 Sats., $3.85 others): Hurt, 
like the. others, by tough weather, to 
take an estimated $21,000. Moved out 
Saturday (30). ..'. 

.'Blithe Spirit,' Wilbur (1,3Q0; $2-75). 
First visit since debut . here,- but not 
as expected at estimated. $12,000. Se- 
vere' weather encountered. Final 
week current. 

•Kiss and Tell,' Plymouth (1,424; 
$2.75). Seventh week slight cropper 
following week of„rain; $12,800. -Next 
to last week current. 



down: by heavy rains last week from 
Monday until Friday,, and takings at 
most theatres dropped SC-f and' in a 
few , instances: 10'ii. However,, that 
didn't ; prevent:' 'Othello' getting cav 
parity, nor 'The . Naked .' Genius' 
climbing ' towards capacity. Ln*l, 
wcjek's three, arrivals were. on ihc 
jdown side, though one may 's.iiVvivt'v 
another was taken off. : 

' Estimates for. Last. Week "' ', 
-■Keys: C: (Comedy). D iDWii)i«V. 
CD. (Comedtz-Draiiiiri); R iReime). 
M (Musical), O fOpercttn). 

A New Life/- Royale (7th week > 
(M-M.347; $3.30). If sticking a(ler this 



Man' booked here. 
■ 'Somelhlng. !for-'. the Boys,' Alvin 
(42d week) (.M-1,33,7; $4,40)..- Went, 
off. ami yet another very , good week 
registered, with'- $28,500 the approxiv 
mate figure.' - v : ' ■■..- 

'Star and Garter,' Music Box (,71st 
week) (R-1,000; $4.40). This run 
'show' was off more than some oth- 
| '-er's: 'takings' quoted at $17,600; still 
that should be plenty okay profit: 
: 'Stars on Ice/ Center (65th week) . 
(repeat date) (R-3.000; $1.65). Seems, 
to- id gbodly . share- of '/visitors to. 
Radio City with the price scale 
factor; rated over $27,000; Evelyn 



-u ' - -v •- -= , ... • Chandler and: Bruce' Mapes- joined 

month another house will be 'found; ' - crsisit- 

'The Naked Genius' moves fwiii .' Tfc< . Doushgirls/ • Lyceum (44th 



'FATHER' FINE $15,000 
IN 3D PITTSBURGH STAY 

Pittsburgh, Nov. 2. 

. Legit biz continues on the upbeat 
locally after'; a , sluggish start, with 
'Life With . Father' latest to walk out 
of town carting a. chunk of coin. 
Comedy on third visit here last week 
at $2 top grabbed better than $15,000 
to show a neat profit, and could have 
stayed an extra session, just as it did 
on fjrst two trips to^Pittsburgh; 

: Harry Bannister, rlh • title irble, Is 
believed to have contributed a little 
something to the take at Nixon, 
since he's ' an- • old-time Pittsburgh 
stock -favorite, and about IS years 
ago operated a stock companv at this 
same house with his then wife,' Ann 
Harding. 

Nixon currently has its second sub- 
scription play; 'uncle, Harry/ and a 
great deal bf.local Interest in it. since 
author, Thomas Job, Is an instructor 
in - play writing at Carnegie Tech 
drama, school, although presently on 
a leave of absence in- Hollywood 
writing for, Warners. ■ 

'D0UGHGIRLS' (2D CO.) 
$19,000 IN SPLIT WK. 

: Omaha; Nov. 2. 

The' Doughgirls/ - with Taylor 
Holmes, Lenore Ulric, Betty Furness, 
Peggy French and Leila Ernst In the 
leading roles, played to a fine $5,700 
in two nights at the Omaha theatre at. 
83c to $2.75. 

Other split-week dates brought the 
week's total to an estimated $19,000. ' 



Plymouth, next door., to- ni;il<, way 
for' 'Lovers- and Friends': 'Lire' 
around $7,000. 

'All for All/ ijou (5th week ) (C- 
^630; $3;3p). Using- some cut-ratcs'.aiid 
getting, modest money, but manage- 
ment apparently satisfied; $f).500,"'- 

^Ahgel Street/ GOlden-(fl9tli wrrk) 
(D-789; $3.30). Has been cliiiibing. 
with gross claimed to have topped 
$9,000. despite bad weather; 

'Another Love Slorv,'. Fulton 1 3d 
week) (C-938: :$3.30 ). ' Rain :afVeeted 
boxoffice about SI, 000. and the gross' 
.approximated $14,000; still very good 
for this one. . ' , : 

\ iArsenlc and Old Lare/ ITucison 
(U7th : >veek) (CD-1.,094; $3.30): ack- 
ers are still collecting divi'dends. and, 
while mostly - from : the ro;td- ; show v 
t^is bne still making money; $9,'500.; :' 
: 'Aftlsls and Models/; /Broadway 
(R T 1,942; -$4.40.): Presented by Lo,u 
Walters and Don; Ross et al.-; comes iri 
after Boston showing; opens Friday 
(5); $7.70 top for premiere. ;: 

'Early to Bed/: Broadhurst. (20th 
Week) (Mt1.160; $4.40). Went off in 
about same degree as some .other, mu- 
sicals, with' last week's count around 
$25,500. . '-'-' .'. 

'Harriet/ -Miller (26th- weekV .(D- 
940; $3.85). Rated around $18,000 or 
slightly better; -playing three mati- 
nees . weekly and 'aimed through 
winter. 

'Janie/ Playhouse (59th week) (C- 
865"; $3.30). Road company in Chi- 
cago faring better than number one 
show. : .which continues to . turn a 
weekly profit; bit off, but rated over 
$10,000:, 

. 'Kiss and Tell/ Biltmore (32d week) 
(O-920;.$3.30). Leaders, not affected 
as much as others during last week's 
storms, and takings quoted well over 
$16,500. -,:V:7 

'JLlfe With Father/ Empire (205th 
week) (D-1,000; $3:30).' WU1 celebrate, 
completion' 6f fourth year on Broad- 
way at weekend; getting very . good 
money; dipped under $13,500. 

'ManhatUn Nocturne/ Forrest (1st 
week) (D-1,195; $3.30). Majority of 
notices -adverse, but. three .notices 
were, favorable; takings first seven 
times (Tuesday opening) claimed 
around $5,000. 

Oklahoma/ St. James Olst week) 
(M-1,493; $4.40). There's alwayi a 
boxoffice line here, and sale extends 
into:' February; . always.; capacity; 
$30,600. 

'One Touch of Venus/ Imperial 
(4th week) :(M-1',450; $4.40). Only, 
theatre, parties : sold "prior to pre: 
miere, holding down the possible 
money capacity; standees all shows; 
$32,500. '. 

'Outrageous Fortune/ 48th Street 
(D-873; $3.30). Presented by Williart 
Brown Meloney and Rose Fran ken; 
written-by latter; opens tonight (3). ' 

'Rosalinda/ 44th St. (53d week) 
(0-1,347; $3.30). Among the shows 
affected by the weather, but again got 
important money at $24,500; moves to 
46th Street after another week. 

'Slightly Married/ Cort. With- 
drawn after one week; quoted around 
$4,500 following adverse notices; ef- 




Philadelphia, Nov. 2^.> 
'Carmen Jones'' led the field by a 
wide margin among Philly's four 
legit: shows last week,-- although 'Con- 
necticut Yankee,' late ..entrant, 
(Thursday night ), gave : the " Billy 
Rose musical strong -competition, at 
the end, of the- week. 

The- management's lastTminute de^ 
cisioh to hold 'Jones' "for a third. week 
at the. Erjanger proved to be a/v^ry.- 
wise one. with the sale already indi- 
cating virtual capacity all this week;. 
Last .week— first- , full .'stanza— saw 
around $30,500 grossed, and. that 
meant : SRO -at ; virtually all. pcrform- 
anc.es] {"except midweek matinee.. 

'Vahkee,,'- receiving decidedly mixed 
notices' -but • plenty, of encouraficment. 
got- $12,500: in four, performances' at 
the Forrest; Eootball crowds here for 
th'r Avrny-Pr^n. fr<i'fy:>] gumc flocV'wl 



to; both Erianger- and Forrest- Friday 
and Saturday: nights; but the Billy 
Rose production' had the edge, with 
its solid advance:-', : 

-;. The town's, third musical show 
(first time in years Philly has had 
three' tune shows at once) didn't fare 
so well, trix were far from, kind <b, 
Mark War'n'ow's 'What's Up.' which 
opened a- fbrthight ■& fun . at . the Wal- 
nut. Sh6w only : got ■$10,000 at $3.42 
top. - Scale -figured too high in face of 
strong, -competition. ' Show, lacks 
names,' and crix, flayed everything 
but tb9 score and., the willingness of 
a couple of the younger performers. 
: 'Uncle Harry' landed «i very nice 
$'16:000' in'' its second and . final - week, 
at: the Locust, as the second ATS sub: 
-scK'ptiqn offering : of the season 
Would have done several 'gt-und mora 
if not on >••)! •>• : ■- •: .: 



;wcck) , iC-997; $3.30).- Very little 
change- here despite the weather and 
■the; takings again well over $16,500; 
.'virtual capacity right along; 

'Three's ai Family/ Longacre '(25th 
week) (C-l.016; $3.30). Dip; here 
about the normal drop for straight 
plays; gross around $lt;000 turned 
goodly profit, '. . .-. . . : : - V 

. ^Tomorrow the World/ Barrymore, 
(29th week ) wDM.064; $3,30). : Indi- 
caliohs, arc anli-Na]zi dfarna, will, 
ride : through winter: somewhat af- 
fected but around $15,000 last week. 

■The Naked Genius/. Plymouth (1st 
week) (C- 1.075; $3.85). May be not a 
run show but big money-getter so 
f:i.i:; gross close to $20,000, surpris- 
iitV ■-. to lirstnightcrs.. : , ' . .• 

'The Two Mrs, Carrolls/: Booth 
(laih'-weck) (D-712; $3:30).' Another 
show that has fooled Broadway; 
early arrival not much affected last 
week and topped $14,000. 
-- 'Victory Belles/ '.-, Mansfield. (1st, 
week) .-(C-1 ,050; $3,30): Was panned 
but iiitention is to stick: substantial, 
backing: rated" around $2,500 iri nfst : 
seven times.' ;,, -. -.. 

, 'Zlegfctd Follies/ Winter Garden 
(31st week) (R-1.523; $4.40). Box.' 
offices generally dented by weather : 
and ho exception here; went off to. 
$38,000 but that's: biggest money on 
Broadway. '.■-■.' 
' -Revivals'. 
'Merry Widow/ Majestic (13th 
week) (0-1,695; $3.30). Not off: as 
much as most others and quoted: 
close to. $29,000; revival Is cleaning 

up. :'.' : -. 

'Othello/ Shubert (1st week) (D- 
1,325: $3,30). ; It took Shakespeare to 
give season a dramatic sock; capacity, 
all performances, and the gross went 
to $25;000. , ':- 
' Stock ■ f •-' 

:*The Petrified Forrest,' New Ams- 
terdam Roof. Planned . slock • showr 
ings-for 10 weeks; started Monday 
(1); under management of Mary 
Elizabeth Sherwood. 

Added 

'Laugh Time/ Ambassador (8th 
week) <vaude; 1,200; $2.75). Went 
off another $2,000, with gross around 
$18,000; attributed to ' switch from 
Shubert rather than weather; still 
highly profitable. 



'SONS' BIG $32,600 
IN BALTIMORE WEEK 



Baltimore, Nov. 2; 
plenty of, action for. 
at Ford's' last : week; 



There was 
'Sons 6!' Fun' 
where- the $3.87 top attained a rosy 
week's figure of $32,600. Both legit 
stands are . open currently, with 
Ford's housing 'Oklahoma/, and the 
indie-booked Maryland has the Mil- 
ton • Bcrle-Clifford Hayman produc- 
tion of Lucille 'S. Prumbs' . 'Ill, Take 
the High Road/ featuring Jeanne 
Cagney in the femme lead. 

'Oklahoma' set all records for ad- 
vance action here, with all remaining 
seats after American Theatre Socie- ■ 
ty-Guild subscription, list was pro- 
vided for, quickly grabbed up by 
long lines of customers, most of whom 
left without pasteboards. It was. a 
clean sellout before company's ar- 
rival in town. 



Kar1off-< Arsenic' 22G 

In New England Wk. 

• Springfield, Mass., Nov. 2. 
" The Boris Karloff -'Arsenic and -Old 
Lace! company grossed- ah' estimated 
$3,800 Wednesday (27) in two per- 
formances at the Court Square thea- 
tre under Playgoers auspices. Matl- 
rice was off, the play having been 
here -three' times the past two years, 
and the Playhouse having given It 
earlier in "the .'month.'..- 
■ Rest of '.the' split week, divided 
among Worcester, Northampton, 
Springfield, Providence ar/d Hartford,, 
grossed. ah added $18,200. 



SAMUEL FRENCH 

'■ NIMIK IH30 

Play Brokers and 
Authors' ■ Representative* 

Wwt 4.-.H> . Ntrcrt. Sum YorK 
Wr.i.% TtM Stmt. Lou Amcle* 



46 



Wednesday, November 3, J913 



OBIT L 1 A R I liS 



years ago.. Williams became a stock 
broker. M'ore/reeen tly , he was pro- 
prW'tbi' of u'tayern.' He and .his. wife, 
who . -ives, ; loured- '.the/. L T . Si. and 
:Kiii'opc in an. act bi.tlod WiUiiUfts aiid 
Lak.e. ;- 'O- ;/'' •'/,;"■-':/■ '■" 



■'- M;ix ' Reinlmrdt, liioWi imagin;)- 
. "',. -known/foreign pio- 
• imd ' hector to gain .utlonlion 
over/ ' died at .his\tipai;(iiuMii- fn 
New York: pet. .31. cause of- demise 
.boing pneumonia which- followed.- 
paralysis. }ie : was' a '■ Vienhcv-e but 
mbsl of his speciacular-stafiiiiKS u trc 
accomplished in Bcvliu and Sal/.burg. 
establishing a. .famed di'oiiia fesiiyjtj' 
' the latter, town. He was hounded 
by (he, Nav.is but ' ' / befoi o be- 
boiiiing a/refugee.} he : was hailed as -a 
jjeniiis in- America. Reinhjmtt sensed 
he was. dying ^ind' requcstQd; : , No 
flowers—make- a-, ^>htrihut'io'|i ,tlial 
will help destroy Hitler." "-, : , '. ' . 

. MoVris ' Gesi . encased R.ein- 
hardl lo stage 'The Miracle' in 1924 
at the 'Cehlitry "and >ihal prc'sc'n'Uilibn 
was regarded- as. superior, .to the pro- 
duction, of the same spectacle ' for 
Charles- : B.. iCbchrah • 4iV London • 3 
years' before thy New-: York showing. 



:';' Alexander! L.- lAii/jonc*,, .. ied 
iof.' tuberculosis Oct.- .29 ' ; Phoenix, 
■ArizOha: . where • .. re- 
: : nvbved irojii/Saii 'CRP/ VI'. He 
was forhipriy .aii roadway producer;' 

/learned '';'^-iih^'-'Mo.i:f isv^vri > i) , ':''!h ," >e 
prcse.ntalioiv br'the : - several edit ions'; 
of. the 'Green /ich Village Follies." 
duo also clicking;- with '..' • Uijene 

■'P'NcilTs /besireiUiKler the Elms'. and. 
'.The Squall;' also a .drama. . .'.- - 
'• . Understood that -the - late loe" Le-;' 

-'biting . was" inici'.CsCeri ' in ;lhc Jones 
and ' ' ■''■attractions. '■' ■ /:.-' ■'■:•' 
,:.'■ ' ' ;'■;..;.' •" • ; ■ .of 

the. ... ,^/;.;^iicatrc. ; Ticket 

•agency. : "' the' past half ;a dozen 
years has. . inactive 'in show 
business and spent .most of his time, 
in the we^r because Pf illness. ■ . 



. FRKDER1CK C« AGK 

Frederick/Gage, 70; connected wilh 
the stage .and screen for 40 years, 



■■^y-'-^}.^y^\. 1891—1943 :■;/';:// ,;/ ■: 

■': So live .»'• ''■:'■" ' 

That when thy summons comes : ' " ,; 

To ioin the inexorable caravan ; ■/" ',- •' 

That moves to those pale reahns of shade ;....-•• 
Thou go not as a galley slave at itight 
Scourged to his dungeon '■-;■■ //'.'/.// ■■// 
Bui sustained and soothed by an unfaltering trust 
Approach thy grave ."■."."-': : - / • :/ •■■ ■■ 

S, As, one- ivho. draws the ciirtains of his couch about, him 
And lies dqipn tp pleasant, dreams. '•/-; . ; ;/ 



From "THAN ATOPSIS," 
By Vi.m. ' Cullen . Bryant . 



PHIL BAKER 



In 1927 Gilbert Miner bVougbt . Rein* 
hardl back to ' this side for a season- 

. of German . performances the 
Century (razed j and then th>: Cos- 
iribpoiitari. at' Columbus Circle. ' '■■ :-'■/ 
••' Reirihardt. i reseated 'Midsummer 

. Night's Dream'. the Hollywood 
Bowl, the. Sha'kespieartan play- then 

.belng'picturized. It was evident that, 
while -most of Reinhardt;s attractions 
over, here were vast, -the 'sji6\vs -yteye- 
riot financially '."successful: : That;. hot 
only applied to the 'Miracle' but to 
•The Eternal Road' done at the for- 
mer Manhattan opera' house.; N. Y., 
In 1937. Four years before that he 
had been barred Trorn theatrical, ac- 
tivities; . Germany, his- flrial ' prb- 

• .duction'in- Berlin ,was . irt 193.1;. whph 
he '.staged another spectacle 'Tales ot 
Hoft'inann,' which used 973 people. 
Before he left Germany Tje : was 
credited ' with ■ participating, in. the. 
roduction of 425 p)ays, not! a 'few 



died Oct. 26 in jibs Angeles follow- 
ing a'heart attack. . His career began 
in .Lynn. Mass!, .where he'managed' a 
theatre,- later '. shifting to Syracuse 
tp opeiate aoiErlanger. house. : : ; . 

In- pictures .he was associated' .at,! 
various times' as Salesman and ;dis-. 
trict .'manager, for Paramount,. Arty 
craft and Universal, and for 15 years 
:was : branch, manager , for" United 
Artists in Sah 'Francisco, Los - An- 
geles. -Seattle : and Salt Lake City. At 
the .time p'f ,his death he. was owner 
of the Showshop theatre in Glendale, 
Cal: ... "-"■-' ^ "..' .,-:-•' ■' 

" Surviving ." idow. fbrnierly 
khow'ivbh^he stage' as Edith I,yle.. : .- ; 

JACK KING 

.Jack-King, 41,-s6ng\vrjter:and p'i'Cr 
■lure coinppscr. -' died Oct. .28 in Hol- 
lywood following ;a '. long-'illuess; He 
was ljest - known for . such tunes as- 
'How: ' ;I to knb\v,''''Ev'erythihg's 



. EMMA HARRIS 

Mrs. Mima Harris, mother of Zack 
Hiini--. i;mv ii resitloiil ul l.cis An- 
gelo^, ,-imi w-eil ktio'wit 'iiv the picture^' 
field, -died Oct. >afier' ;t -imgeriiit;- 
illness,' asod .87. ..,' :■.-'. ■ -;-" .■ ■'. 

Mi's, arris, wys^ .-mother-.in>;la\v 
p'f Louise (lliium. ,swr ;:' Hhe silent 
days.- now-producing logitiniat'e plays 
.hi ^<)llA\w'pyd.. .:/-'■; : -V. . ' .' . .'' 

''.'• W ALTER STANTON ; ' ; 

• AVjillci\ St;intoiv, 88,.; vtteiah ^pf \iie 
English' mu^ic halls, died Oct. , 29' in 
Los 'Angeicsv . .He 'started : " ' '. snow 
business when, he was' 20 and was: 
known as t he '.'fgianl- rboster' ,and ci'er 
ator . ' .;Chaniicleei'..' - He leaves-two 
soii^ .;>]' aii'd rule Stanton, vnude 
pei'toi'liieis. • -' ',■'-. '. : ') .'"■'■';■ . 



ABE BERK ..-' " './'-.v...;;^ 
• .", manager, pi the 

Mercury . atre. uflalo. died Ott.' 
28 in that '.cit.v,-:' . World -War ^ dis- 
abled: 'velerai; received Dis- 
tinguished Service' Medal'. 'iii; 1917 and 
w/as prominent. ' . . Veteran and fr.a-, 
ternal organizations in Buffalo/. 
Widow- and son survive! '•■' ' 



stated that 'I would say that- you. 
find as nuich true freedom CBS 
as .".'- any ' other network— if not 
uiore; : I- myself have- ncy^.r had : as 
•much as.' a- wlii.sper ,of,a suggestion 
from livy sponsor abotU live c.pii tents 
-6( my broadcays:: ; -. ■; ' ^ ; . , 
. ,;hV- r : 'poiiiied biil that 'the haiidful 
ot meiv\SMio';are:now. analyzing news 
on the air v ' "' ' respon- 

sibility . peculiar 

position, and that vevy .respbhsibi.lity 
when yoii come, right . down - to .il . i")^ 
posc.s HctionsA ■: ' ' - 

striclions. he sai , are. probably -in- 
evitable the public good..' They 
should '. ;T ■ jlimiiejd as. possible, 
•and I confess 'that- . . myself ; I 
have not been able to down in 
w'brd's. any. GPl<jeh.;p'ule about ' . So 
far as I am concerned,' he cohclnded. 
'iyfe should avoid- cheap, gossipy : and 
sensational comment .ph the terrible 
pr.pblenis Sw'hiclv ■ these 
dark days.' .:'■.. " . : ':■ •' • ■ v 



pf the 



RUIT 

Eugene- Ruit.' . 
MpnPcled. Ambassadprs.' 
was .killed 'Nov. .:■' ; plane crash 
at yon Park. Fla. •■!;.;;''::" : ' 1 '; ' . 
. ■ Further .details . Id vaudevrlle sec- 
tion. ' ' ■ ';-.".-';/:/;., '/"/*"..- 

Joseph Mcl.aln; . 65., former plaril 
;si'iperiiU.en^$hl i .'oT'.'.l'h'A'.';6ld'.''Viiagraph 
studios in Brooklyn and for the last 
15 years a prop man at RKO. died 
Oct. 24 in Hollywood atter 'a lieaVt 
attack.. ' .' . 



■ : Ted While.. .65. animal trainer for 
25 years with the Cole' Bybthers ;Cir-' 
cvi's. ; was trampled to death by an 
elephants in Douglas. Ariz.- Animal. 
; 51r.years-6ld. V'e.rtt mad/. had ..to 
he destroyed. • . . V •: -'...* ;-'■■; 



Mother of Bob Moss. Coast; produc- 
tion manager,, of Blue network; died 
Oct, 31 in Hollywood. < y. : : ;: 





'♦-■'.; 
. (1878-1942) 




JERRY VOGEL 



' being by ■ Shakespeare and George 
Bernard Shaw. His.mpst recent ac 
tlvity in New Yprk was in audition 
lng for 'La Belie Helene,' which he 
originally prpduced on the Plher side 
and. which is slated for production 
by the New Opera Company . 'La tier 

. group of socialites also produced 
'Rosal inda' (44th Street) which , has 
been running more than :' year 
operetta being his version of 'Die 
Fledermaus/ ' Last . year he. -formed 
partnership with -Norman Bel 
Qeddes and Richard Myers. Firm 
flopped with : 'Sons and Soldiers.' 

. then/dissolved. : 
He is -survived by his second wife, 
Helene Thimi . former Austrian ac- 
tress, and two sons. Gottfried,; .a 
sergeant : iii the Army Signal Corps 
and Wolfgang, a .producer for Warn 

'•'." ' •:.'•' HARRY LANE 
" Harry- J. .Lane, 67, died at the 
Hospital tor Joint diseases, N. Y., 
Oct. 27. He had been under treat 
inent for a . complicated condition/ 

. ', Fbrmc.rly., on the stage, Lane was 
-•mployed by Equity, being iii charge 
of stock , company and alien - actor 

V' regulatiposi -bUt^everal years :-ago 
•was retired on a pension. He : joined 
Equity shortly after' its. inception in 
1914 Bnd won' membership drive 
contest, Jjrize being a life member- 
<hip. -■ " .:' ;:",; ';■■:. 

At that time there were set 
dues and :the. cost ' of beepmihg a 
leniljer was .$5. That is : the.ODly.pay- 

■ meat -Lane, eycr; made 'to Equit>;,: his: 
-being the ., only instance bf <tfie kind 

■ In ■th'e'associatjbh's "records.' ; ' :.. ' 



Been Done Before' and 'Poplars.' With 
Elsie Janis he wrote the theme song 
for the Paramount newsreel. Be- 
fore illness forced him to retire he 

.'was:'c'oinppsi.n'g'.''the-/j^uVic.'f.pr;'. bal- 
let in . Metro's 'Kismet.' 1 His. mother 
survives, .'■'. , '"- ■• - '■ 



NICHOLAS McLEAN CARTER 

Nicholas. McLean Carter,' . who 
W'role ttnder' the name ot Harrison 
Carter, ied . siidd.eiily in Hollywood 
Oct. 23, aged 50. He had seryed' in 
Africa with the British Army during 
the First 'Wbria .War. He : was "a rep- 



A Ali'iiHirliit Miioa of Krqiilrm on- frl- 
ilHV. Novrifllirr «. 1»J». ul . io:»» 
ii'cliM-k A.M.. will b« rrlpliratril Hi 
Mm ( hiirrli nf llm lllmwil' Siirrftm>nl 
im H'nl 7I»I .Strci-I, jiiDI off llruml- 
why, •»«•'.' York ('llv.-.for ■ 
.fOSKI>lll>'K COHAN MIII.O ' 1 . 
,IEKK .r. COHAN 
IIKI.KN *F. COHAN 

' oniV : . ,' ; . .■ 

<iKOit(iE Si. coiiav '" : .- 

WIiii illrtl NovwiiIiit «, 194* 

Slimli- will Im ilrnvMril hy I'rfif. M'»r- 

rrn- Kolpy.' liirf iitjiii'iiIhI niirt ctiorjHterH. 



resentative of the Myron Selznick 
agency in Hollywood fprMve years 
and later became a script writer. ■■■>' ■' 
" He is survived by a son, Nichplas 
McLean Carter, Jr:, anti.-a sister, Mrs. 
James H. 'Macfarland. He "was the 
fprmer husband.- of Marion Carter, 
N. V. publicity woman. : 



CHARLES WILLIAMS 

Charles : (Cowb6y) Williams, 59, 
former yaude-perfoVnieri died, at his 
home in 'Moo^-cviltc',.'Goh'n.v>p6.t..:'24; 
.After';: reJir.ing from the. stage 15 



FCC Commish 

S5 Contlniied from page 21 ^ 

and -a. symphony 

orchestra, by labor 

uhion.- becomes cohli'pyers.iai... ;The. 
network,, according to the .' 
would sell time to General 'Mo.tors 
to Vandercook as . com- 

mentator, but would 'not sell time to 
.the AFL to' sponsor the same com 
mentator, because Vwbuld' be 
controversial:' .. ■: :. ; ; . 

. . Durr; .then :'reminded; trie audience 
that the Blue ■'-. has . since changed 
hands and the new owner, Edward 
J. Noble, has stated that he will con- 
sider all requests for lime str.ictly 
'pn their individual merits, and with 
out. arbitrary /discriminations.:' 

':.«'.'". - Shortwave Picture/ 

in .discussing 1 the international pic- 
ture, Durr staled that prior to the 
war. shortwave/broadcasting Was in 
private hands, but the stations were 
few in number and did npt. have 
enough advertising to sustain them 
Since , the war the Government'; Has 
taken, them ' and the number of 
stations increased/ He then posed 

: several ; questions. / 'What- will bur 
international policy '. be : after the 
war? Will the Government continue 
to operate these stations, or will they 
be returned to private hands, .or .will 
we have both Government' and pw-. 
vate stations operating side by side? 
Should we • hive one standa rd, for 
what We shall hear from; our domes- 
tic broadcasting stations and . andth'er 
for what we shall beam t'o the; peo- 
ple of ..other .'countries?' • ■: 

Durr. then -. into /.the' CBS. 

policy on editorializing. *I will not 

. attempt, here to argue the merits or 
demerits of : this policy (requiring 
commentators to eiiminale all per- 

-sbnal opinion: fuorii their ; comment 
on .', the -grounds that . this will pre-.: 
V*nt business cbheerns "from airing 
their pw.n philosophies).' The "cpthr, 
mentators themselyeis; have taken up 
the: cudgels and: It looks as if thia is 
an ; issue that will'-be adequately 
aired; CBS should be commended 
for making its facilities i available 
for the/discussion of its poli- 
cies:'. Durr s.aid. /:'•■ '.-'.-"■'' ' ; : ' "■' ■'.'-'. 

.. .. Wiiliam^Shirer, CBS-'cbmriientalor, 
who also >ddVessed the assemblage, 



'4 Freedoms' 

Continued: from ; 



;waiiihg,for/thern vast -and av.i audi/ 
ences.' .'• - 

Metro, RKO', Warners/ 20lh : Fpx. 
Paramount and Pathe.. y ; 
either in ithe vaiigua rd/ . -. 

duction of such pi'x.'. gearing 
their/schedules, for " . . ' ..of - the. 
new' type short in . the _ hear .: : 
At least two stli ibs have ske'dded a- 
series ;of 'four shorts, each of which 
will .Veyolve : arbuiid.:; the ; Atlantic: 
Charter^ / 'Four ' Freedpihs/ ;With 
Metro ''-planning-', them on an ■■'a.rnbiv.. 
tipus. scale. ' : '. : .-'S'ih)iiai-Iyi Pathe.. which' 
sees - .unlimited'', .bpporlunitieji . s ■ / •'. 
Short «iib'jeets; keyed to' post-war .- , 
construction, has lined, up a series 
based ' "Norman;- Rockwell's., coin/ 
ccption of the .'Four . Treedorns-'j via 
his - celebrated pa.intiii s "and ^\vhich 
will %e backgrounded' musically bS: 
Russell Bennett's' symphonic . inleiv 
prelalion of the foiir.-fold basic lib- 
erlies aiid" democratic . ideals, ■ 
!. ^.Likewise keyed to the ad j ustmehls 
to .'come, with emphasis : on- social' 
values, is the fprthconiing: Metrp pic-' 
ture. 'This 'Is Tpmoyrow.' which puts 
stress . fact ' that ohe./of the 

hopes and Tiecessities of : the ]pbst^\yar' 
future, is : the - 8fcifhjtralizaUo.n' . of 
America's, bver-crowded irtduslrial 
•centers; / As -such \Tbmbrrp\y' deals 
with tho/challenge of rebuilding or 
replacing itpday's obsolete cities ahd 
creating", a new -form of 'cohim.unity 
to' meet the needs of a new concept 
pf-liyihg fbr the future, 

.Paramount and Warners. ; two ' of 
the more erudite of subject 
companies, both announce that' shorts 
will play a more dominant, role in 
the companies' output, with Par's 
popular science series • based on' the 
'tomorrow' theme to be enlarged in 
scope. " . / ■■ /'. /■' ..' '//' 

A. L. Mayer Stresses ' ';■/ 
Films As Post War Aid 

Arthur L.. Mayeiv assistant to the 
Coordinator; . . the industry's- - War 
Activities Cbhimitlee; pointed to the 
vital, role, pictures- wiil play after 
the' war ends in' his talk, last Thurs- 
day; (26) before the 20th Annual 
"Cbrifererice of the National Board- of 
Review at Holel Peniisylvania, N. .Y. 
, ; Mayer said that the American pub- 
lic, partially, as fllmgoers but pri- 
marily as citizens facing the prob- 
lems of- post-war years will have a 
pressing need for the visual concrete 
messages on topical themes that 
documentary shorts can project; 
Mayer's. talk preceded the screening 
of 'This Is 'TpmorJroW:' Metro's unrer 
leased, subject in/the. John Nesbitt 
'Passing Parade' shprts series. , This 
the initial fllni from the Industry 
treating ^ with anticipated adjust- 
ments following the war. 



Here's A Ri 

B Continued .from page 1 




soldiers want - sex, ra w sex, ■ as .-, til e 
only feature of their camp • show's. 

'Few soldiers will shy awa^jirbm' a 
story ' which.obegiris: .'Did'; ybu'V hear 
the '. one about the farmer's daugh- 
ter . . ,'. ; , ' : when. an. entire' Show 
is devotedv.to the questlpn pf who 
makes' a pass', at the blonde star- 
that is much top much. / 

■•'Tiie; soldiers don't" waht a^nicey, 
nice, show— :they get ,a Jaugh out. bf 
a fast line of . chatter. But when 
their favorite actress or • the lovely- 
voice they have heard over the radio 
adopts an . Army vocabulary and 
makes. sex the script fpi: a skit; the 
scldicrs dpn't like UV .- 



AFRA Code 

Continued from page/ 19 ~ 

(bpen-i?nd ones which could v 
played repeatedly [ . specific spoii- - 
so i s, under cer l;i i n : condi lions i arc 
completely .cliininated. making/all' 
p latlc is now- Class Ai- Arl ist.< : nivisi 
lie paid -an . ex Ira/ fee : oqi ia I to ti'ie 
original fee for. repeat brbaclcasts of * 
all Gla.ss- A trahsc.riplVons,, 

The ' : ncw; scallvfor actors ' aii- : 
nouhcers " calls for - $4 tor ' . 
minute (or - .less.) ' tran'scripliqii (old ■ 
rate $2f, $0 for ;l wp-minute ( foriiier- • 
1y. $3 ); $10. for, ' • ..-miniil'e" '(-was $5);., 
$16.50' for 15-minute (was $12), 
S27.50 /for . ; .30-minute (was , S'20 ), 
$38i50 for 60-mintile t\vas $28 >. The 
basic scale for shrsfeiVs is now 1 $44 fur 
a 15-ihinutc show for soloists i was : 
$25) and ran lng down to $15.41) for 
group /singers (was $11). The rate ; 
for signature, voices remains'$l5D a 
yea r. for - soloists, " : but dra^-ialized ; 
commercials are 1 raised to. $16:50 fbr 
a 15Ttninute show (was $12 1 and li- 
brary service for singers . ' • upped 
lb $44: fpr'soloists-/(was $31 1/ . ; '; 

-Under the hew rcBulatipns.- spuiid 
effects men gel $7.50 an hour, w ith- >, 
out equipment, but if the sound! ef- 
fects man . 'provides his equipment 
he and/ (he; producer rnusl. agree oh" 
ai fee. in excess' of. thai. '-'Staff. '-'sound/ 
effects men get' .$30iti a' nioji tlv the 
first six ihphths, $.350 - a month Hie 
second six months and $400 a mouth 
thereafter, for a 40-hpur, .flye.-day 
week/ wflh overtime at lime aiid.-'.a?.- 
half; ,:Eriiplpymont; : . ''-tor '"soU'rtd.'effc'.c'ts 
men -must 'bejiiv. 13-week c>;cles, with 
either /side ; permit ted to 'give two 
weeks'', terminal ion notice at the 'end,', 
of -any 13-Week- period.. ,-'./ : 



Continued from psge 2 



is iiicr., . such /situation's, she; 
sought out ;.dilman, C;oast head-; 
man/and was 1 immediately upheld. : - 
/ When" the - script ' was . tossed, back/ 
at Fidler.'wit'h-the Belte.DaviS:'' 
blue-pcncillcd/ilve . screaihed ' iiv pro--- 
test Firmly . and 'with nality Miss 
Brown fold 1 .him the' item was owt . 
and that ; that,- /; idler insisted 
pn a ,'stel'- ('pirintcr's' term for restor- 
ing, struck out lines'" and challenged 
.the authority ot - bpth/Miss Brow it 
and Gilman. She Jet him rave'^and 
then ordered the net's en )h.ecr/ 
slay close to the. fade. khoU: when 
t.'idler got around to; the 'Davis' item/ 
./Sure -enough Fidlcr started after 
tiie Day is bliii'b, ■ but he dictn't.: get-: 
far; The fade, weirt in bii a\cue;'f('.om . 
Miss. ' Bi oA^.n, and , (he 'great gabbo 
tattled away a,t a cold mi'ke. After 
that episode Miss Brown left for 
well cariied rest as- had others along 
the Blue's right-of-way on the sol-' 
ernii :Sabbalh. - For/tliey had been 
through, another Sunday ot. Drew' 
Pearson. Walter; Winchell, ' John' J./ 
Ahthpny andl Jimnnie. Fidler. .' ; 

The, aspirin concession on the Blu 
.Sunday s' is said to ' be Clean ihg up. 



MARRIAGES 

Mary Frances . Cross to Lt. Fred 
Christenseh. Jr., Oct. 30, Memphis. 
Groom is former 'program manager , 
for radio stali In Kearney ,and 
Freinont, Neb, ■■ . ' - 

Hazel Forbes' to Cpf. Charles 
Eberly, at Mojave, Cal., Oct. 
Bride Is. showgirl and former ' wife 
of Harry Richinan. vaiide and [ rriusi- 
cpmedy star. 

' jbaiv: Mahn lo. . . Jack Hurdle,; 
Oct. 23. in; Richmond/ JTa:. BridcJs.a 
Rbckctte at the . Radio;; Cify Music 
Hall. N, Y>: gr'ppm . is a former :staff 
dlreclo'r for the Benton & Bowles ' 
agency. 

Fred khightiJfc.Eleanbr QsleTbcrg- 
in New York OcT 20. Groom is staff • 
annPunceiV'a't>W.IBGi-Phlladelpi>ia, '. 



. BIRTHS 

■' Mr." : nd Mrs. Harry Pierce; son. 
Pittsburgh". Oct.- 6. 'Father is with 
Billy Yates band at Hbtet Robsevelt r 
Pitt. '■;.-• •'"-"/ -.-.:,■■..■:, 

; MiC ' and Mrs. Carl Peppercorn-, 
dan ,'New York, : Father' is fffKO 
salesrhaiv iri Pittsburgh. ' ~ ' ; 
. 'Cpi, and. Mrs;. Robert Hbrhick. son. 
Jbhnstowri,.Pg;,rf)ct: 3. Father form- 
erly managed theatres in unling- 
don and Connellsvillel / 

Mr. and Mrs.^ Michael Uris, ; .,' 
Hbllywpod. /Oct. 25. Mother'-/ \ the 
firmer Cbrbthy Tree 6f."stag[ip' ( aiid:-- 
screen. : • :' - - :'. '. ' ■.;■ ■ -' / 

Mr. : ahd Mrs/ George "W. . Smith: 
daughter Oct. 30, New. Vorlt; Mother, 
is Doris Sharp, .of ' Radio Talent 
Registry. '"' ./'.- 

. Mr. and Mrs.- Robert Young, daugh- 
ter, Hollywppd, dct.. ; 28. ..Father ' • 
the film staiC . . ..'', ■■'-'.'", 

-Mr.' and, -Mrs; Johnny- Down's,, 
daughteiv Holly ;wood, -pfct. 27. .Father 
Is a screen actor.- . . ' 



;;W^n«s4*jr» ' November 3, 1 943 



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;47. 




Bide Dudley.. .still very ill . at Poly- 
clinic' hospital.- • . .'•*-../.:. . "■■ 

PaiiV .DptieiaS'.^back'. ;fcpm fljtalfc 
•'•.•^jFitofljti. •.\v^c:*i»ijli- '••' -•• '*. ' .'. ■ 
■;'- : - The. -Cliririie.' Einle(ds.: Will be east 
.-v days :6n thU;.tfip;;,-. . .:. 

: • %aiobort'hTah;;'Jj.a,c)lf fYorn.Gpa.st;; has': 
op't'iieH'' | ww'p a."otflcei. .->,- .j.;.,.-'\ ' :' 
'lee -Follies pr, .1944' opens. Madison 1 
Sqifare Garden- Nov. 23-.'at $3.85- top:-. 
:''.• '..lohji ' Fogarty hds/.develope'd into 
7 - fine of 1 Ihe- --Wo'st : .pppu)ar::ienbrs,' itV- 
• -Australia^ . '■■ •■' : ->.' ': -, '.:?'. 
; ■ Plans afoot' jo '.revive, the old 
' ChrC-e .Club with .Harry . Merihfi.eld; 
; aSi uVpsidont. • . • ''. 'i:^" • 

'-.' C sunning for new Sonja Hehie ide 

■■; . fiiir'fc ; co^ti .. :?i poiopp:;. ■ Brooks . his- 
', - Ww cont etcU *'- V'-' .•: " \ :'.>•-•'. •' ■: .. 
■ •• . Earr G. • Thomas;-. «xee .. v<r>--. of the 
■'." A-, ;fc : ' : SV .vons office,. .'to Chi fora- 
week on agerrcy biz. ■"- - '.^n ; 

. . .'Leo' Spitz i Inlerna.tidhar- Pictures! . 
">■' confined :lo ■ hotel. follpw-ihg arrival 

'',frfira'lhe:Goa.st, 'due.,tp:cQld; ■ ' 
■■ •Will ■MPrrissey. temporary.' •■, . of. 

' jhip'buiidihi;' o"lui).tr.hiK : duly being to, 
,. • '« iiieiiaiiy visiting: .c'elebriUes. .' 

. 'Bernard-.. Klawans, • now.' .'■ '''th'e 
'"■' ' boitfd ^ of.. gbvorhbiV. :bf ■ rOld ' Oaks: 
-.. C.ountfy'.Club;"a.t P.Urchasp. JJ.- V: ■: .: 

■. \ .lajyieS' Proctor .:Has . entered • : thc» 

-Mcrcha'nf Maf ih'e, Jii-s'pii'bliclty ofji'cp 
' . b('lii« T-iarfdled by Peggy^Phirlips.' 1 

• .•- •'.. Producel- Edgar: MacGreior's, son:' 
... now, in. : - American; 'Su'b- (*mhiHnrler. 

'cited for ; exploits..' in ; the Me'diter- 
lahean. ". .--..' ' .- \'\. . '. 

.. ' .'.Motion .: iclure" Bbokens . Ctiib. .of . 
'. , . '. y: ;has set up. in allotment- fnhd- 
'.' for ft in i lies' ofv.i)iembei> rt'6w.;in :\UQ 
■■ /■wmOCv services; ■ ; ;■';..,': • V. y ■'■ 

'Mrs: ■'■.Sain. Merin, Vvid-ow .-of .! the 
'. Broadway' .'. ;. who died .-last- sprjiig,- 
; -gave-. birth' tp. a ^girT- at Flower libs^ 1 
• ' ;pil:i.l on -Thursday* : <2Bi.- "-VV"' '-'-\ '■■ . ; 
, ; B,ur)r^ : Ajaiitle ' j'oiired' the' -WbjiteVs'.- 

^y.'ir. Board sbmrnittee bn: scripts for 
.•' sMdicn- Aird: sallbr -slipVv!;/ siiceecdinB 
1 .-. lli(Vl;UC; John Aitdcrsdni •>» ' ... V 

■' A : male .-member - pi : ■.ti)e...Grisliat)'r 
. Family, ('ivrreritly at. the tatih Qiiar-.' 
. . tiMv,j\'. Y;, look tlle'cbunt^iT a -'recent 
" zflsl fiiihi \vith a fitagehand. - '-.-•;- 
. Eddip Mayeh.bff.-' fPrmej ; .:brclicsira 

• :coi)ductor and latterly '' 'InitericS .as 
.;::f.tMipi^v'ha^pJa.cj!d''Oeoi , f[e Baxter- 
:-v'J.fi; 1 E.iKly. lo Bed,' Broadhurst.-. :■-. 



lads in sales expected to tiirrj oilt-Xor ; 
the ;SNdinR.,Sp'a1e' -Dirnier' toiinbrrbSv 
nifiKt ; ^Thursday: f..ot 'AUlictT Theatrp 
Owners' bf New-Jersey.-to be (ie)d at:. 
Harry Hpch-t : s' Ritz restaurant, Pas-, 
sale,* N.: J..- . '• '• . 

Man-bltes-db.c: -Louella O. ..Parsons 



matiriee.ePnfPrt .at Xlinnciipolis AikII- 
tprmm. '7s'«v.:7.-. ■'•■: '---> • ■ : ': ■' - : ; , 

: Ernie Fields K orpheitra. making jo-: 
«tuo.w iat Happy. Moor iillerv;" v . ■ 

•«rry ; Martin. '-orchestra -held ovet 
at„H6tel ..Nicpllct Minnesota Terrace. 
; ; . Several- 'IVpU'J supper clubi;' xiharg- 
in«;5i:50 and: $2 covers orf. Saturday 
.fbblball hi«lvts-. nrst- time..'ii.i . years.. .,. 
i T With .only, one wei?k; left to go,: 
yniveisal: hPre . holdhV (irst place 
nationally in. Nate • Blumberg Tcstlr' 
monia'l driyp, ;•. , ■ ■■ y . 

""' " in °.- circuit; 'CiNV-' 



>h6iv'ed-.h^-appreciation--t6t'|»ali'-WI>» t^y a J- ,p iX-- c, ^ b :** n 
Jib's.led her/'ih' N^' Y.^^a' glfti af rWri's't- -> e,)110n l : 

wrtches. -etc. She left- for the 'Coast 
pyer ,' thc. /weekehd;.; Tpllowing' ..bbr: 
Basin' "Sty /brbadta'st', guestirig; Avith 
Dsca'r':LeVarit-,- '■ '■■ . • . - 
. ■ irelen . -Fiiineg'ari K private ■ se'p y ,to 
Charles H: Reaga>-i..va*iistant general, 
sales rriaiiager'. for Parartiouht tor 16 
year.?.' has. resigned,' aiid on Nov. 1-3 
will ; be...-maVri.ed :to.; Wallace 'CJiftoii 



Rose^i-s'. ;.\\p. .and' general, manager of - 
N. V,. Rubbev :.Gorp. ' .. . 

Monty Banks has- a neat tieup with 
the 'SaD(9 v Fi«'.'R^R«.^hich--ptlij» hts 
El Bp.rracno', Lne,w East "55tli :street. 
.eatP'ryv on. th'cChieX and- Super-Chief. 
.Tbiis- the .illiti-: ttinch. , makes ':- the 
Bprr-aclto • i l t.i)tle Drunkard;' iri- SpaiW 



Ishi:. 



■piVt s'tpp;.; 




LPs .iimmerhian i.s 'new head of. "the 
'.publicity;:- 'department ■ ,<>f .; :W.jlliarn 
Mttrfti? agency, tikiiig »yer for \ Ar t - 
•tlWd; HoX'.wll.i'r who' has, becQri)'e, per- 
sdnnel; ■•dircctof of Eureka' Ship>ar.ds. 
Nciybiji-gh.'.-N. -V. . Leiv.vSitb'meV ■-■"doni 
.1 iiuiQ.s.'as ass.rsla nt ■ p. a, .-; • -,;-• 

■.^-PaV 'deloKation;. 'including- ■'■Bprii.v'y 
-Balaban,. Neil Agne.\V„ Johh/W, HiPks, 
'Ryssell-'- Hblma'n' : alid . Bob Gillham, 
baek:. 'frpni Sbast : huddles.- .-B.-tiabah 
and ;Ag'ncw- h'tiyiDg.- ljivsl ' stopped at 
Sari •.■Fraitcjsc.P' .'.to. attend : a ; lu'nthebn 
ineptj'ug: PJ local- exhibsi •' . . ■ 
h / John .B.:-Nalii0ni. Pai"impi(nt'.s iiiaii- 
Vii^iug direc'loV: for- Ariioiiaine.'.-Uru"- 
■ .'aiay/Pitrau.Uiiv; : iincl,: Chile., -to fbast 
(i'vor: the- >vec.kciid fpr. , .s1:Udib;. phcP ; .' 
rn'er :of now- :produ'cl. : ; Paul Acker-, 
•rhan. "of Pal-'s - fbi-t-ifjiv -publiciiy-n'd 
yeoartmeni. .■.acebmp'anied- :him:- . 

/••%ife^W.ith'^iher^0i4lj - 'anlilYJf*i'sab"' 
party 6iV- -Sat. .v 1 6) backstafyi at the 
.Empire, .. 'Mqrryv^ Widwv' . 'staged a 
dual fbte' this nnst-Sat, :bi.r.lOQth por>: 
fp'roianee -of the ; sho^v- iand a'lsP th'e 
spvcnih aiini'/ofMhc stars.-. Mr', -and; 
lt§lrV'J«ii-JCicptir.a'>-'«J^'I^E^<!riHi. ■ • 

. ' ' one-inan show.:.'enliHrd- 'Snb^ 
JB iz.' ot 24 vvalereblbrs: oils i-arnd draw'-i 
jUtjS .t>y"Hcrhcc(/H{ ScHefTel,' CliflPn; 
N- :• .'-"J-)';/ siitlsl/ :pprlraying . va'r'ioiti 
phase's. of show- bysiiiess. .wi)V be pre- 
sontfed :<it the Artists :bf . Today '.pat-, 
Iciy'ip. N'pyi'aHC b.e'gi.liiiirift.-N'Pvi- '5,. 
The. , . e^h ilijt- • •' wi) 1 ' corilin ue ;> ■ until' 
Nov. 20. . --, -- ; • - ' -. -.- ■-■.-.■'.■,■■'■ ■■'>:•■' 



•\baiKl 

-. ' John. . j'psc|>ri. .'Uni^ers 
: .-.liCity^-ch.ief.'.plah.^ 
.. Cf>iist 'lhis w.cekend: sibpplug .oir>-t\vP'i. ; 
. , days ;. in criicagb, - his : fbrhier. hbine. - 
.'en. route. : . ;. -.;-:.- - . '• >-•• 

; i NcgolKitibiis' ■' iihacr\< : av. f<5(-' 
/Loon S; Eddied. , open .a- 'Miami 
. ;Bpach'" branch v - Hhe fai'ned 52d'. 
.street v<(pol' on' the :site of -the Beach-' 
CKinbers- there:- - ■ , ', '•' • . ■ , : 
-,- Lillian Jonkin^. acting ■ tiblicily 
W'tlw; of, Madixbn Squai^e Garden •. 
: .. Iri Chi' for a o',o..- . ' the . 'Ice -Follies- 
■.' there, piini:. to Ms pomiu'g : "the'i 
- C>.'u:cloi! later this- month;- r ' \ 
S ^Mfft-W: HufTmaij; .-field rpp- i' v 
; ■ Me l''P m. the-. Dehvei- t(Si ritpr*. ■ - 

■ signed' ttf . -join- the V,. '" } Maritime 
- '°f"l, c ; and. takcs-hls • ba*ic .traiiiing 
.- . al^Calalina- Islandi; Calif. , V 

■ - # ..Pat 0-'Brjen.. l .whb arrived In.' N, V. 
;:-.ironv proems. ; of ' ''Irbh. ; MajorA;;. in 



Ha 



Ki,ehaj-d. .Qujne' and'. Siis'an -Peters 
l<> be i^ai+ipd Nov. . 7. .:'-. ■;. v 
. .; O:. Ileiirv Bristus. PRC' prgScy. -IrV 
.town Tor sttjdio .l)(ic|dl.cs;-- . . : 
• •' .laok :C6!t:-' dili)pe.''.fth'cctor, ,recpv-: 
Orinj" from .fiiaj'p)-.'j;iirKery; • .': .;. 
-■ 'Kalian-" Omar.. ■ Syi:i;in ■ actress,- - Be;-' 
cahie .ajKAinci'icSh/.iilfepn-;'".': : : 

■ William Saal:. RPpttlsiic -exec, being 
^u'ed foii:diyoTce in -Nevada. .:' .-. ■•. 
.. .Ed.ft'ard SpdKwick, fllih ' diVe'ctor. 
rpcoveriMg ffom major surgeiy. 
: Dan C. Collins. Pastern' manager pf 
ERPI.' in- tow.n .jfor threi? ; week- 'Stay,- ' ■ 

■ Lai-ry Wpingjii't'en.:. 'Metro. ■ exec, 
hoshiiiilizecl. Willi a'p'ptndiii trouble':; 

■ ' Claire A'lexantTc'r. serpen acfrbss. 
clivbrccd; yictor-- A,.;Makzoume. -cafe 
o|)crator. ; ,- .:..' . . :' :.:. ;' ;.':' •" .• 

Charles. -'P. . SkMiras-r.epiecte.d- chief 



-. ^..Ren'e -and ..Rosjia. ..who oanerrt' iii 
the U. S.- for. yeoir. iiow'-.al Vho Veniis- 
).viShr..<i)f)T, ..• •,-'•-'-.,.. '•.•-.-.- .-■::■ ...;•. '•• ■ 
. -Lupe Veli-z . f.iid- 'up. . .wltli: piiou- ; 
mon ja. earicl,' p.rpdticiion ; held .'up pn 
herJMexic'ah. p'ift. ' : . ■ , '-..' 

. Paul Meets -and; Anrtree Pniipan 
'dajicing. at UiP .'-.-Frolics for- an- uiiUin- 
iteri enpa'gemeht.' • '■'--■"-. ■'.■.'"■ ;'. • .: 
. Staging '(speciitl - shows:' M(-x , Cilf ' 
t hcptr.es . r.i isod '- S 1 i>0':(JOO. '-lur.-'-Vi c t i nj ji 
of MaiaVliih hlirriciinc. . •-•;- ' ' 
' ' Q.vc'rflbV : cro wd. : at' -Ci riis f or : the 
secdnd annual -Turf - Clu.i) fi'0]iG;';ori ■ 
-.ev'abf opeiling: of; racing sc6Viin .here. 

Hcaly iin^ Mack. a'eijfis with many' 
U ..$. oir'eusPs ' ailrl .stiigp. units, >now 
\\ - ith- ..Pacb ; MiJh'r's :va'tideviVle'"-!.lriit 
tpiivMita the- ^ri'viiiccs.' ■ ' -. ' : '.'.' 
' Betty Kirk. .(Mr(.i'ttii^('(n i;o'sp:))idorrl' 
'.an.d...SvW.fe'r-or-.scX'er«l:'ljo'(*s--oi»:'>1exr'; 
ic'oi.hoiulcd for tluVslrtits/tci UPt ihai'- 
riecl.- to' Frsmris ; Bi>yor -; v 'f ^P.tvmbulh; 
Okla- . ' . .-• . . .>;;-: : 
.'.- G^oorge.-; rout .-;i(, ; amccl 'V|j'' -with- 
,Nanc.\v .Ti)f r6s / / MckieaiV. .actress. ■ as' 
WMtnpfsts.for-w'oVldiiia-.oi Ppi->f< Pulidp 
and -Elbii Mung'iH;. nt- Oic ■ Mr x : fiini 
.cplony; • • ; ■ : ; ";'-;',. . ;.- 
^•A : n'ow rjieitfiiic inioi'iii' •: coni-^ 
IJany. . Ciiieniatpjjriilico '--Iiitoi-.K" "mejir", 
<tapo. (has'/ippnctl /hn offii-c hri-o-.anci 
■is/pl-o'panrfg -to; make -Tilnte here", in 
•Moxij-o: ; ■:-..;'.; . .'•:■ ..;;.; • ■:'-X 
Irene-:- Dilhhe .'in, fr'onv ' tlollvwood 
:-yt^Ul'.Jier.J)iteba¥d;<-'Ur. v rranc1s:'je!rif> 
■fln.-'foi! 1 <vo weeks. ., Th.Py'- wore\ap- 
cpmijaiiied by' Jul.os/Stoiij.'jSi-csidcnt 
of Mysfc Corn-: of-Amcriea. -■•'.'' ■:. ■ 
, Eye;rett lIp^iiU'i'ntKs ori'h. played at 
the 'jvhile'-trp'^ah'nu'nV.i'oceptib.n -ail 
the foreign' 'ministry.; Jf- was,, the spc*. 
oiid'-' tirnc ii ,U: IS:' band ;pla.j;ed-.' : fbr. 
sii.ch'-a'tiinelioh'.-' Ho.i.'.'lund'ha-s b'ePn 
at ; -.CIrn$:for j-L jiipiiths.. .'. . . ;:■ 



t«c 



Ijlm Toppers Set to Testify 



cbntlnucd from page * 



:P^i«Mfr.:Ko'*«!W*0.f' ; 1)!.V .-Brtfwne'Mh.arVtyc'w.-'icttihi'Vffoin- that 'vJlim'^setup;'-''-' 
hc had never. read it, ciHtciv .-' . . - ... i BroWne : .v said : . he . told r'D'ettlcini- 
Br.p\V.t>e.s'appearantes on lho- .^ivnd -'Browh ,'irlsa- tpsti/ied; '-h(?w - Charles - ■ 
Avere,deVQlcri .chipny. -tp.rhfc: dealings | Glee .Worried : .wl«ther:•Biort , would 
.wi^; : .the, ; ehreai;p.vmpb'- ^ .; 
various producers, esiipci-: :>•• S«*c--«V1? - iinVl'lcUnint- In '^IMl' ' •- : 
aiKl- Barnpy -.Balaban.- ,\Wjth- tine\ex- . •« M v.;S^i'-'-'-v>; '•'••;>. -' '-. ■■'!■.•.■■ 
ceoti6n; ;^row.ie: .proved ' :-a : -'::. ; c^.v; $ wss-exaini.wnon .. of , ; 

tallier ; pblrte; and xcobpe^ivv.- Th'e-| g' ovvn « 




. . . .. .... : ; hako . 

-do.w'ris . ; ■' v ' •",: i nt.'ropluc ing v Broil : . ■ \ u - ' s ■ 
Schenck Viiice. J his' :meetiiig '--'.tiifik" 



-because Willie ;*cs "r?t her a' : '. 

himblc-'wiited; - a^rpss;. . : - feliixw'.* 



W.hicly. hers' starred, at/ Boston' audi, barker of Tciit: 25, "Variej-y 'Cli,ibs of 
Worcester, stayed ovet- fbr: the: .sjart ,; An'ic'ri.cO. ; . "/-' ' .:■'. 

' Alan J.ad.d drew -a ^mcrlical cjisT 
charge after- iP- iiibnths; in the. Aroiy 
Air Corps, • ' '•' ; : 

.',>iJ«'eki'c.'' , Coop.ei < ;t i ft'9.Qtl^\Send.'.'Jiid'..'. 
for Nitval officer's, friiinimz: course at 
Noire: Danip.' ■/ ;'.' ': ' ', ' : 

, Saul Z. -Opp'cnheim; shifted- frpfn: 
Fox»Wes> . Coast .'to . .Edward • Sniafj'S 
ptiblicijy; sfn/r. .. , • ' . . ' . .'' 

Waller' Huston ameel- honorary 
ehaihiiaii of:. ' ^Russian . ' Rericf 
BoHrd.' ih .this :arpa.;' -•• ■ .■ : ; . '.. ' 

Robeif Tay lor; now lieplcnant fj.; 
.;c:).. iii town ojr severt-diiyi leave from 
Vtn'e'-JJavai -Air Corps', . ■ : -V .. . ." •' 

• ' Janies C:ignoy,.-. ; rciur'ne'd from To- • 
roiito.,' whpr.e -Jip :ppe'ned. lire- Cana- 
War-Loan' driyev' " :. ,■-' "'•'' , 



'' . v/.fhc picture here: at the Globe 
• Arthur Pt'cr.soh. Paramount writer 

■ rt)r.ePipr;,veast 'for short" Vacations ■ 
.While here;- -\vill : attend the prenTiere 

• <>f ,:w.hal->i, Up; theirnukical'-ebmedy 
; for .\yh |ch he ■ Pbliabbrated on the 

book. . •. ' ■,■/.■.■.-'"-..■■.' .:.V^'.- 

r. « Ray 'Connors, ; :irtanagor. ' of Piiiacc.' 

■ Who recently was opciqlcd on for 
: removal pf a kidney 'Stdnp. leaves 
... today ( Wcdnpsd.ny \ ;\Vi Hi Mrs.' - Con r 

nprs- fqr \ recuperative:, vacation .in 
.- Mia,mi.' .' - - - ~- ■' - - 

■ Zy*?i-'^,.iyti*i Beriii' :. into •Hwi$l 

:■ , mi ' dl ^bn hotcl:'.had her/SheJ-rv^Netli- 
-, erland apt: : only a ', Tew aays. but 
. iorccci to, m0Ve because- of prior . res- 
ervations.- «h't j:ctXi^rs*t6 the. Gbast 
• : 'HPxt:,w«elc>-'' <2? •. 

;. : -T6V^ Leit'cr/ .Jerry .. Waviie> ! and 
•'. i •<2,^%^ f ' ^, ^: nai-rate - »lm*ifon*. 

Vie- pwi Bureau of Motion Pictures, 
v ■■ TMe a.ctPi^'.voluntee'recl 

tneii. scryicei: andii after ■ volte tests, 
were ncceptfed. :■'■ ..'',.' 
; • .;Mayor 'La -GuaTdiav 
.mayors, will be 

• Defense 



./vjsiling 
-.present at Civilian 
- ,' ----- ■ .-.Recreational : •.. Committee 
Wn\?S9n!?. 1 ' lci ' ii -iTn.tii»day.'-f.4:t.'--tirhcii'a':^ 
-..•WWWhji^'-iheatfcTttcKet..tt-.i'll''be 
: U & enlisted- fnah;- . .. ; 
: L. A : ..-ifolson- -1/Mnm«d : it-fa ;ihe--«(htcy- 
' ^'fi'^uf^'"*^ BSacK^-a^'-soah-'as^-b*' 
-"'^-■^^'JWliwte'^^-Wk'Ctwn' 
: be.en , laid up .several 

'-■ w 0k i: ?W '.Iii' and' . malaria.; - blit 
' '^S^aWrU)* siin for a^rpst cure;: - 

-'5"i-opeah -. .Theatre . of. 
•i°?, 0l ! r !ltla . l,1 >' ™-' iJSO-Gamp' Shbws. 
'■' l%w i .^ or thc 'Coast Sunday .< 31 .)' fbi; ; 

'< lcs . nth,CSI pi exy- Abe LaSt- 
. r.tpgel. pn .expanded . bverseas,"duty; : , 
.• v. A'Unony-Mplc/ w-hp; has- tw.o : s'oiis 
. fn-the sewice, is. now :known,?as'.'Tlie 
■Ala.y9r,pf East. 56lh Street.' . He owh? 
.•.■.Theodore:*.: rcsUitira.nl.. - ie-'.Riiban 
Bleu.; niter, .above- itj and ' a-^ retail 
: hWir : slbre. '.Mcle's',' on the ■• ame- 
.'.Mnck. • . - • ■, : '. -: ."■'.:••■; ■■:■',- 
". targe-^clpgat Wii' ' of 'Pifhibitors : -' (uidr 



.';:':;; ; '- v ,,': . »aiv ..." 
'•' S.Pd Aivpi d " iij- ■ fP lyvh • IjcaVrhg 
drtiini." rpi- .'Son.*! o', Fuii.'' ; .' ' ■■' ; ',.-.. : ' 
: ; June AA'alls' has giveh 'tip iiiPdpHng 
and AV.iU "stick: to care': whging. V- ; -. . . 
• Black hiarkof scotch- in,- this <H.ttrict: 
briiiging as, hiuh'-as-:Sl-lb ;i (-ase:; 
■ jfa-rjojJi-^cCaiwK''«f''WAysjV.:' i 
jnft;iiea'H , in>Play-h>\j?!c's''nfi«tr xhow,. 
'Post Rpad:' . -' , : '. -. ' ■ . 
: ;. Golden; Piiiv , rofm-ft'^tn' Toiiy ; .C»)n-=: 
fort i^s'spPt *fdr ■ t h'ei r. ii i (nui. i vi si t iiejit 
:Mpiiday (Hi. -.■.'■•;.-. ■■ :•;-::.-> 
-"-'Sklp'py. Sli'a.ld: l'-.'-ycar- -old maestro. 
s!iyilcb'm«!, : his ; "dance', bajj^.ir.fjm "hot 
•to- s\yeet-,swihg. .-' ,■ "i.- -.-. ''■ ■ ;•. 
'. Maurice Spitalny's optfoa-at MQlliam 
Pen n "M piers Terrace Jt'obin taken Up : 
tlirpiigly Do'c.;. 11. . .. - ".':-.-■;" 

Mai garel Datiiii f|?w;,back. to 'tramp' 
tbwn IP sing, at United War Fund 
unYhpa^'gn.' luncheon. .' '..'. ' ■ ;' ■ ' ...■ '• 
.. Dorbyry O'Connor back -initho lb;cal 
Alncricah- Thejalro Sprtc-ty' isnbscri - 
lion bfllc-e helping out. '■■ '-.'., 

' ■ 'Ladies: ThcaU'icii) ••Cluh ; tossed '-' a' 
faix^vcJJ -..'party Joi: M'rs : . - Tony Sterh'' 
before hor departure for Cleveland; 
■ : Anhe Ford:-' publicity- ^director., for 
'.fciUlc. Brown: publ i'sher's. , and former ' 
Theal're'^Guild pa., jn tiowrt on book 
business. •." - : ■..',>'. ' ■.:'. : ./■, ' '■... ' 
- 'Elaine- Beverly '■ ctjd' mve> chores' at 
Tej'race :R.bbm : "foi'.scv-eral. )ierfoi'm- 
. ancps when; Maurice ; S|)ila]ii'y '\vei)f 
down-. with a fP\-«i'.'- '-:' ■■■' '■ 



-dian 

•' Berrjic'Kahrih's>hiHe 1 d from Harry 
Sftcrina'iv: productions'; to. Charlei^R-. 
Rogcrs-as ipublic.ily ..ditect'o'r.--, ;' :' ■'■ 
,..' :^;or-don::'Hollingsj-idUd . 'returned 'tP : . 
work :at' -\Variiers.;aflei;\ nursing, 'a 
heart -ailment .fb'r-it wo. months;' • , 

-Jaihcs vR. -G-ra'iriicr; Republic 'djs- 
irii)i|libn; .pr£.\ r v-.. 'arrived 'from Now 
York : 'lor , huddles- :with - Herbert J, 
Vatcs. -.- . - - .'- ; ;- : - '.:';•-. 

Cic'ply. Aiiiv Gha'liapin;: screeri-acr 
tress. . filed -suit ror.'.tJivpi'Pe against. 
Fc'odpr ,"Cb'*l iaptn; v^scin , ,o;f' :iHe ::.lat.e 
Russian ■ basso-,, ' ..',' ,"V ..:.-- : . .■'•: ■..: '.'. •-,.-!• 
'; ^'Marjb.r^ 

lOpera ;stai". wliii:' ; fcce'hlly' , '.rcc'bvcj( , «tl'' 
•'rj»in'-'-infanti-i»vp^irary.«fe^'^'HI':apl»aF; 
ni, ?onecrl' liere ■: -for fffr>t lime in- two' 
ye.ai's Nov.. r t5, : .■'.. '■ • '. ;. ' 



^ Hanpy 

Dears.? : 
Jhhm.v- 



..'•.'■'Les " ; ; 
'■.Hpiir;- li it'pry . has 



•Mi'lp- 



Dor>ey. -. .' I •iiito .Or- 
pHcunvi.Dec;-3.-',: ■ -"■''■;.' . :; -' 
'•..\Ben:'Liiivlf\.-.Co1.irinbia..pfrtte"man.-: 
a^'er. ill, with. flji. 
' Guy- 'De ' 



Radid Reviews 

; ConilHued from pa,se 38 s 

'Michaels".;; 'CiiUrlie' /Symbol ize'd the.: 
wai'tijnp- eJvperi,ehces. : 6|- the - »\:erage: 
-boy: fighflng;'for democracy; /Wis as- 
puatioiiSi army-life. :ind djejitH! in;ac'-. 
lion. -werp' graphically: resented"' \. 

, .- 'The. Man. Behind Uie "Cwi! wasVai)", 
,linli.<:UaiI.v' absorbing and fir'ovuValryc 
Vhow - Siitlirday night, 'i3t)'i-/>n . C/BS; : 
Altliointii .the '■'dramatized' cb'nYmcr- : 
cial doiracted vfipin' the regular pbr-.- 
■tioh bf the program, since- if was' sp 
similar; in.. >sl ; \')e, ^ the .'£Sive ■ Boinbei' ', 
With^ .u-pilenVnia' sioj - y:, : w'as rtne- of r 
' 1 he'- mast- ' t bought -s'tir ri pg ' of . the.-.en'^ . 
tire series : :ljnlike ; 's<>.vinah.v'prcvi-. 
pi fs . . '.Mail ■ Brh i i\il ; ( he G u h' ' broad- . 
easts'.- .this was varii- ba>ied'. on. de-. 
velfipiiient . of -chiii aptei-, hot, depend'-- 
Inif : •p'nvir.ply" ,6i> wjlNhe-gpt'-back-.. 
alive. is.uspciise. •: It' was -placed- ',\irith 
plptiueni -udders'ulcjhejvl-. l^y .^lyroni 
McCPrmick in:' thp vlpVidi 'supritjrled 
b'v Larr.v Hiiin'<-v Frank Lovc)ov-.and : 
'¥(r%abe(n : 'tt'»<M*:ri.r''!riip-?p(4Rt; 'jncU^- 
hig, a ..MW)iigpr-{llan-(ft'i>t(imi)r>*; elbsv 
.ihB'-'pMch'-.fnr'-jiS.lf.'neh-pii'jMirtpajion'^in'"-- 
.ll)p:wac. : ;wiis %vi'illei) by . -.Sgt;- Arthtir' 
Lanrdnis . iiHd ,dir.oc,ted hy ,'BiJl ' Rob-: 
soil., .-. •:..."•••-. . : ; ^;.v: " - ; . -..■■■■-.■.,. 

.: O'e.i r ': CryaiilV . "ihsii'i i ng'-" iciiilip:e. 
w.i(l'c,'i;6uo1la .0'. -l^ar? (ii;--. the lii^nrst 
■jllrii -cohimnisi. '.oir .'.Vic'ietv.ot'Lbffler 
Basin^Sfr.e.ev' ■ (hi* ■ pjis.; . Sunrtr.y -.was 



Place -'. the $20,000 ilci.l ' w'iili P 10 '^ acfayM^jyflljttw'as-bjiWm y 

'Balab'an'-' '■ id'readv -biJcn cbris'nm-.l ^tchcr-^hops- in .vthps. .;:day's^ga'\;\:: 

ma)ed; '. - : '■ .* .' ... ■ ■ :hii^ no concern, bei^jd^and ne^t:- ' •*• 

n '• ' - ' W- i> '' -' -■»•;" -' '• :' : did the fact tbat^itir: i>" .an *)\;^. '-: 

Browne .pefies Murray ^; { ;; Browne ;deciaVcd t'hsi -of aii th . 

V^^i : '?' : ^v ; ^ oul * ■ ;■ J'^'-ii-aiian himself. madeMbe -»-i<<mi ?20,-- 
f'^;^?- 1 ! 1 ). : h ? : h;dl ? i:psp in . how .B'alabsn: visited : t^# iV a Chi- . 
^rat-.thplap-e,v r i,ki, i? w.^^ B;;)lli 
%l » ■ ■ .' f pli "^ u' .'"^'•■ nl i n <l-v.baij avsaviriftr-Ceriainly tou'-are- n«f- 

& ^ ' * V ; ?m ao^R^belie^ than Ibe' re«-^i^ : : 
^T^n^^l,^''-""^ 0 ''- ' -'^V Whv; dbW:t^ yoti let me . do 

itiiake :him :say ..; ., Then, wilting tie ! ' : : V™ m,!!.;:.. -, ; -'"'. ' ■ ■■"'. 
.IVVned.and'ijpptogJze'dMtf.the WW-H^^.^'''^: v-'".:.'.-^-' 
whb allowed' the bu'tbui'st' to stand << v T . onl !' ; wllbyi/ iVpw. -Uead: .was then' ; 
the" re'ebrd, ■' - ". ' ■ . .- :. ••••'"..'"> ,tne. bu'si^es^ .-.agdiit of \tocal" HO.-' 

: : ' Murray persisted^' and . • • ' ^r?^''!^^ " 0 dirC - ^"^V^ 
^frorn Browne^tatemehjs that- W*l 
duiged ij, Skullduggery':: sbon; after I "L,f^ ^ : J^-^ cor> ^ , : 
Che Bib^Sch^ncJt , ; infroduct.i ' . ^i] l^ ^^t * 

slaiitly lrfed to provP^rtwne.a liai- m ^*'v '^weyer. ^that , the :^aj ; he. : 
thereupph : shot back' at Whi < ^d l subs ^^ m ^'V P 1 ?^ w *^i:^^ 
are you - Mo skuliduggeiy 'evch^ > rc ^^^^ : ^^ : : 
now*? .■'■.'. rbwne -smiled -.Mdly. aitd^ Wa}'?*' '■»« thew was ,,o dflifbt, ' 
Vaid! • '.'riiirdiy;-''-' ■ -< '-'V : " ■ : : | 'n -Ins. mmd; that. Balaban was PfTer-v.; 
. • v. \ t ' Ji • , ':- . ','-'■■','- • '■■'■''■'' : i i 'ni!.'.'apd'-he-.->iW: , a''<!cepting.' a'-.-bribd.-- : ' 
TbevreSUof-;Thursday S .test,mpny .T-his -piece ;ol tesiimbn'y was impor- 



by B.i:bwne. nyol^d-''af4UhdVhiiim^T 
qUS- ; . invipn.- finincial Jan'd garfg's'ter 
matlprs. .: '■ vbwrip could" not i:'emem- 
: bei - :.pledgihg-::himself .' > 'behd ,'oyeri 
backwards' rather' than -rnakei'tniiigs 
/tinpleasaht for the .emphjyprs.'-. The 
\v.iiness declared.' ^tHat^Lbuii t'tepke).; 
Biichaltbi^ was : i h I ei'fcted " .- .'i W .-. ll.'frry 
■Sherhian's . election . 'as.J.seeretaryr 
°irca^reb':'a^.th^..'lAT^E'.i^'c6n> : «n: 



tant-tovlawyer; Murray;- who >is;.i.f-. ;. 
tempting to prove that induf'tiV rfieri :• 
bribe.d ';.Brpwhe. and:: Bipff , .' ' - thpir 
byvn financial Jnterest^ ■- -'''_-:• -'. 

:• '^e^^|i:.^Vip*;'pV-hfa'''.aeaWips-- : . : . 
u:ith-'--|teyenel^-:-Muvniy^di^<-the: adr. 
missioii;. that .B^o'«fle'■'Kai^l^.'bedri■^^c.i;:.■ 
livered.lnany,; jjiany times.'; Brmvh '[ 
al.!^.jadmitt!ed:;.tKaC.'tn^-$cn'cf^.'^<»r 



lio'n. and- that. ShbVmah^'ade:^ eat:U>r.- 
"qti&t off iiie hii-nsclf?: .-1. '".'>' ,'-T ; ; : |Lbcal' 3.0(5.;-Murray.:' cpnleiiding- -this. 



i Iii ; dbscribjhg; 
Sc-ltenck, Browne sai 



; : - : Absolves Schenck. . 

■■■"■Br.pvl'Jte '. :dehied . tH'eri?T.. \wts .: any; 

^C'he'hcl(:?lhriVienciv'-°an/'th'c 'JS'V:-h'-* . . 
entry: into; the Basic Moonlit; ^ O'"* ' .abPUtv-llie 

;said .'he.j'.Brb'wiie, :Uuis.-detei:iTifncd- to' 
get studfp conl racls; f pi- the iA with 
■or Mvithoiit -." the' .. Basic-''- \Agi'<ejri( ; rij[ . 
and despite>bpp.Ps'itipri from- WiJli.-ini: 
Hutrheson' at ." the' .carpenters'- up jnn:- 
-ThUrsday's je^p.n^wa:(.'c^'t;°iir>tfKt : in - 
the afternpbn ''yyhPn. BroWjie Was un- 



;.,talks-: i^ilh 
There Vv'iivn't ■ 
%hblef, : 

thih'g,. Mr: Schenck- lis -a' • very ' pfact- :< - 
tical; mahi.-, i J jJS'cd :.;lbv ; lhink: 1- was;.:' 
tpo.'v^ye '■; didn't vbo?'':Vaj:b.t]tiia^-. 'Hi,'. 
; cpiiee.de'd thathis deal , w ilh Sthenclf, ■■ ' 
A-hich; brbught-abbut a yVagc i^-dijer, ,. 
fipn .jfor - 306,-. ' .^'gnpj-ieceden.tP.d'^.V- 
Mainfainihg: ...that .. iybrkpcl:' .with'." 



aWr ; to reappcar,beeiuise:pT s)(,rnac^ i^Sc'ienek because he was worried thnt 
distress.'-' .: - •*' ". .'- : : • .' ' 3Q6; would fail -shpUldf.it go p'n strike," ' 
j'-'il '' ' I 1 d 7 ' .' J- . -, be h'evertheiess "remarked 'ihst'. the- < 

stai.terVin bis 'mind.-. ',. ;'' ■-. .: '. - . .., 

AValshy Holmd^n, Others 
Sub^idehacd to Ti ; ial 

Richard F;- Waish, presirit-nl rtf-flijE'';." 



'Bnel|: and: Murray, . Uildo.r the, :::iior'i.| 
ney^-general's mihistratiyhs. - Browne ' 
repeatedly recalled seeing 'varipM.'r of ' 
the defendants ■" meoiitivs :" Chi- :; 
cagb ani^- e]sPwbere.-: : ; ' ' :■ : .::' 
v rpwhe; also described .lipw : ioff l. 

cai.ied: a slrik.e.. on the Columbia lot,, rnlernational Aliiahce -M ,ThoHtrjr,Tl 
•wfienftlW* *'sppij|any' halted' Ui 1>a^-it!«.! Sii»4*v;Enip.'«j»esi ' : fc*mc'r. v.p, . ,' : 
slip'ulated : i?5:6o!Oshiiked<)wo;'nnd Bfp\vn.r : when-';' 

vealcd that.' the -'legitimate' ext-iiso ' " ' 

used-. w'Sis 'trdubie ; with, [hii .makeup' 
artists." '■ --'v' ' : ;"' "-. .■ ■■: .'.■'-'■'■.■;' -i;:, " 
■ . The outfit' . . : iort rio>ido(C. ! . 
1.93,8/- that; ^unfavorable publicly 'was 
•rfiak-irig - it nefcrssaCv for' Bioff to re^ 

sigh from -the . 1A; Brtwhc I ' ''sti/Wii: •[ P>;.K«e."»'«''-.P' Newark oprt afors 
When Willie did resign, he reccjveVV i-unipn, . arc ion ...trial '.on shakedowns 
a.-ye'ar's -salff^^^ 

board and Biowne '.then disc-usscd .' understood. ' . .. : ..'.■'. ; . '. . - 
the resignation ' : '.it .' -under- j .. ubpoerias were. obtained b'y'James. : ' 
\stpod: that'Bibff. was.to . rvmairv i 

sanie .'"oa'pacttx„ .•Wt'.'>:nlit:•;'•pff^c^allJ : i^;._^^^ .'tH« bpysV : .Ra)ph,'pierce andiiiuis; ' 
Browne, declared,:. . — -t CairipagnaV-.but. is gcndCaily .'earry-; s 

The Actors t'lilpn In ; i!»3fl '" - ,-: -1 itfg- th'e/bali.'on defense.^ ^■fbV'-thc'..othci's->: 
J B>pWrie ^outlined thc;F^ though admitting . Mib- 

:fi6n:' pr^Vai^riJf;-'Ji?v'1939.' Vfth-v^q'tiily-;. 
hot on the.tra:U.bf.' Ralph ;Whitehe;aH'- 
:He< te-slifled' thatr'Whitelicad . '..' 



latter: > deposed,, arid llarl.uid 

Hblmden, yeteran ;v:p. or the 1AT.SE, ; 

together- \y.ith' oth(»r5 have br.en sjui£ ; 
...'-;p9Pni!eH.;'fb".''appear ;". , ' 12; in : F.(;d-v, 

oral: court, where the: ^-vcii "bo.V's; •: 
-j f wiri Chicago- .and Loujs : : Kaufih^.ii, 
. (>&_' agent pf v ,the Newark ' 



pocnas ' had been issued by h ihi, .M 0 r- 
ray: refuses . tb: : Cbhrir'm. ' 
■Wa!Sb;:and;B6^ 

fora charier from the IA. arid was j "in addition tb Walsh and Holiri- 
.granled,.'-it';. after-, Brptt'ri.e- had .'icin-- ' den,: various, former an'd 



nip riibers r of - IATSE ^^•lb'eals.'inc;vf<ti'n^;v 
stagchands. ; and. bpera'to.rs; wtie '■ 
delegates • tin :IA cpriye'ritibn'R". diiri 
Brpwne!S- presidency i ../have, been s 
subpoenaed, it is' reported. ■ ' : ..',. ; 



Bfo<!.\<v>kMfly<if*ij'-i))*.iHr*.; .i'Wi'c ■ 
.'■Lib, d(^1?andr,rig: .orc'licstrfi l | ''IHKif million !P:i:i^c^'k.ii'!;. : (it'.\'c ; -'i'«(>Jiy'. : 
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PRICE 25 CENTS 




Looks Bad for N. Y. to Fla. Unless 
R. R. Black Market Is Cleaned Up 



N. V- travel agencies, stymied in* 
their efforts to obtain Florida Pull- 
man reservations through legitimate 
means but refusing to deal through 
black market channels, say that the 
N. Y! -Florida rail transportation 
situation this winter will be worse 
than anything anticipated. Even for 
pre-season November, the headaches 
are already beginning to pile up 
with a last-minute cancellation the 
only, possible legitimate access to a 
reservation this month on the 
Seaboard Air and Atlantic Coast 
Lines, they report. 

Agencies reported last week that 
all efforts to secure reservations 
up to Dec. 1 were unavailing, 
and adding to their woes is the new 
30-day limitation on reservation 
buys. Thus in order to- check in on 
a Dec. 15 upper, the r?r. won't, ac- 
cept a reservation until Nov. 15, 
prompting several agencies to say 
'What's the use." and pointing to the 
fact (hat all attempts to get a Dec. 1 
Pullman oh Nov. 1 proved futile. . 

Railroad execs say the space 
priorities on each train for army 
officers accounts for the fact that 
civilians stand little chance of get- 
ting reservations, but agencies and 
(Continued on page G5) 



'Basic'? 

London, Nov. 9. 

'Variety' is one of the six books 
on basic English included in the 
novel Metro tradepaper adver- 
tisement in Great Britain. Ad 
is framed around the idea that 
'there are 800 words in Basjc 
•English— but only four in Basic 
Showmanship.' payoff line being 
the four words, 'Play Metro-. 
Goldwyn-Mayer.' 

British ad depicts Leo, the 
Lion,, perched on the six ' 
outstanding books used for basic 
English, these being 'Basic Eng- 
lish.' 'Standard Dictionary.' 'How 
To Read 'Variety.' a Guide foro 
English — Speaking Beginners,' 
'Rogel's Thesaurus,' 'Oxford Dic- 
tionary of the English Language' . 
and 'Webster's Dictionary.' 



Coward's 'Don't Let's Be 
Beastly to the Germans' 
Slated for Super-Songplug 

Noel Coward's controversial tunc. 
'Don't Let's Be Beastly to the Ger- 
mans.' that was banned from the net- 
works of the BBC, is going to set a 
15-minute spread nil by itself on 
Mutual Network on Nov. 23. through 
the efforts of Rex Stout, Clifton 
Fadiman and Oscar Ilammerstein. 
2d. as members of the Writers War 
Board. They're taking' up the cud- 
gels for Coward, who has since de- 
fended himself against criticism of 
the song, explaining that the num- 
ber was a satire 'as vitriolic and bit- 
ter as I could well make it.' when 
he attempted to get the networks 
here to broadcast the song. He was 
met with a fast turndown. Offered 
to two commercially - sponsored 
(Continued on page 70; 



Weed Out Fascists 
From Theatre Staffs 
In Liberated Areas 

Exercising extreme caution to pre- 
vent possible sabotaging of Ameri- 
can films released for showing in 
Allied-Occupied Italy and Sicily, the 
O/Ti.e^p of War Information's Over- 
seas Film Division and the Allied 
Psychological-Warfare Bureau have 
completely overhauled the staffs of 
every picture house in the newly- 
liberated areas to weed out Axis 
sympathizers. Move was disclosed 
last week by the OWI's overseas film 
bureau, which further revealed that 
thus far every Axis-slanted film re- 
maining in the territories, has been 
confiscated and destroyed. 

Since the conclusion of the North 
African campaign, the OWI bureau, 
Headed by Robert Riskin. has re- 
leased 7.500 feet of film for civilian 
populations in North Africa, Sicily 
(Continued on page 4C) 



PRIME PUBLIC Oil Show People Paid Tribute in Report 
POSI'WAF! TRADE ^ n ^ ap Production Achievements 



Nation's Manufacturers and 
Businessmen Would Re- 
educate Wartime Consum- 
ers to Use of Luxuries and 
Other Commodities 



N.A.M. AS SPEARHEAD 



By GKORGE ROSEN 

In an intensive reclamation proj- 
ect designed to win back the pre- 
war buying public, the nation's lead- 
ing . industrialists and businessmen 
are mapping a vast campaign which 
would embrace the use of radio and 
films as two of the principal media 
in reaching millions of V. S. con- 
sumers. 

Behind the projected plans lie the 
fear that the necessities of war and 
the restrictions of rationing will 
(Continued on page 42) 



JIM THURBER WRITING 
PLAY ON THE N'YAWKER 



nor n;y. hotel room 

EPIDEMIC HITS P1X BlZi 



The New Yorker magazine, whose 
articles, fiction pieces, etc., have 
! provided the inspiration for some of 
the smash Broadway shows in recent 
years, will be- the .subject of a new 
comedy which will caricature such 
mag staffers as ■editor Harold Ross. 
One N; Y. film exec with foresight J Clifton. Fadiman. . Wolcoit Gibbs, 
Anally hit on a scheme to whip the Poier. Arrio, ei al. Play will.be done 
'hoi' room epidemic which Manhat- ! by James Thurbcr, himself one of 
tan hotels have been cxperiencin.',' i 'he old New Yorker stand-bys as both 
for months. The solution, easy for j humori.-t and cartoonist, 
an outfit with plenty in the bank- ! Clarence Day's 'Life With Father.' 
roll department but out of the ques- ' Sally enson's 'Junior ' Miss.' John 
lion for the average salesman or ' O'Hara's 'Pal Joey.', Ruth McKcnny's 
weekend visitor, was the .-.signing of ! 'M-y. lister ..Eileen.'' Arthur Kober's 
a year's lease on a three-room suite j 'Having Wonderful - Time' (Bella 
at one of the most desirable— and ' Cross i' and Richard and Frances 
therefore busiest— hostelries. I Lockridgc's 'Mr. and Mrs. North' 

The arrangement provides for) were all originally New York pieces 
(Continued on page 71) Ibctorc 'their stage adaptati ( 



See No Relief On 
Shortage of N.Y. 
Legit Theatres 

Whore to spot Broadway's im- 
pending musical shows, a situation 
that's been prevalent since before 
the beginning- of the season, remains 
a source of increasing jitters to 
producers, whose shows arc in prep- 
aration but with no place to book, 
them. 

Showmen with theatres 'anticipated 
that certain main stem houses would 
become available as - the autumn 
period progressed, but business of 
the holdover musicals continues at 
.a' pace which will keep those attrac- 
tions-going indefinitely. 

Tightness of. ihc booking situation 
(Continued on page 71) 



WM. BENDIX UP TO 10G 
WKLY. FROM $300 IN YR. 

. Hollywood, Nov. 9.* 
filed as evidence of Hollywood's 
willingness to pay lop coin when the 
right guy come- along to help ease 
the talent .-.liortaga i:; the ca;e of 
William- en.dix 'who. ir. li.Ulc more 
than a year, ha.~ jumped from $300 
to Sl'O.Ofjf) a week. 

Former • figure was paid Bendix 
when, virtually unknown, he stepped 
into 'Wake Island.' The 510,000 deal 
was pax-led last week when Bendix 
was signed up for one of the leads 
in TJOlh-Fox's forthcoming musical. 
'Greenwich Village.' 



Advertising 

The prominent, plain gold 
wedding ring on the proper left 
hand is now as standard equip- 
ment for the new crop, of swoon- 
crooners as their clutching mike, 
the cayed-in stance, etc. 

In this day of 4-Fs and hyper- 
romantic teen-age femmes, ths 
parade of the wedding license 
is a very necessary defensive 
mechanism for the crooners. 
Sinatra started it, but almost all 
of the others in the same cate- 
gory are likewise happily mar- 
ried and in no mood to dicker, 
with emotional pantywaists. 



Sinatra, in Theatres, 
On 50-50, Mulls Means 
To Chase Long-Stayers 

Frank Sinatra, his agents and the 
managers of the theatres he will play 
next month are in the throes of solv- 
ing a problem that can mean much 
to the financial welfare of his tour — 
how to uproot his younger fans from 
their seats after each performance 
to make way for fresh money. It's 
estimated that his followers, by sit- 
ting out show after show, can cost 
the singer and theatres a minimum 
of $1,000 a day in lost business. 

Since the youngsters do it in 
(Continued on page 71) 



Cutting the Staggers 

Here's why that new 'Scotch' 
you're gelling in some of Iho pubs 
and nitciies will never make you 
zigzag— it's being ciit with sauteme. 

Looks the .same, doesn't impair the 
laslc. maintains an alcoholio con- 
tent but. of course, minimizes the 
'lift" of the unadulterated article. 



Washington, Nov. 9. 
Product of the first attempt ever 
initialed by an entire professional 
field to mobilize its personnel, by a 
voluntary census, behind the "na- 
tional all-out war production effort, 
a report of a year's accomplishments 
by the War Production Training 
Committee of the American Theatre 
Wing has just been submitted to the 
War Manpower Commission for lha 
government's archives. The report, 
characterized in a eulogy by WMC 
chief Paul McNutt as a mode! for 
the nation's white collar people, de- 
tails how hundreds of show people 
on Broadway have been channelled 
into war industries while additional 
hundreds have played vital roles in 
a dramatization of problems related 
to manpower recruitment and incen- 
tive. 

McNutt in particular paid tribute 
to the organizational work of the 
committee chairman, Edward Ra- 
quello, who envisioned the plan for 
the theatre's war service contribu- 
tion, which won the immediate en- 
dorsement of Raohel Crothers, presi. 
dent of the Wing, ..and Antoinette 
Perry, board chairman. On the 
premise that unemployment has been- 
an occupational disease in the cnter- 
iConlinued on' page 62) 



Next We Shall Be Eating 
Schnitzel and Suki Yaki 

Like the Russian- cafes in New 
York, which experienced a sudden 
upswing in business when Ihc 
Soviets came over to the United 
Nations rnii.se, the Italian cabarets 
and beanciics are now getting a ter- 
rific play. 

Sinre Iho capitulation of Italian 
forces and reports that some or I he- 
former Fascist troops arc now fight- 
ing on the United Nations side, there 
has ah.o been a marked increase in 
sales of Italian instead of .California 




MISCELLANY 



Wednesday, November 10, 1913 



Pulp Mags Resent Attempt to Lure 
Penny-a-Liners to Film Studios 



A 1943 Forecast? 

Harry Hershfleld observed 
that 'when King Henry IV cried 
'A horse, a horse, my kingdom 
for a horse' he must have known 
that- rationing was coming:' 



'Shortage- of story material - and 
writers now has film companies seri- 
ously ogling the pulp mag scripts 
srid scriptcr's. it marks the first time 
that Hollywood: has initiated a con- 
certed drive to replenish its dwin- 
dling library supplies and its scripter 
ranks from the 2c-a-word authors' of 
'the weird - snappy - breezy - argosy - 
■ spy-crime detective mag school. ' 

The pulp mag publishers] while ad- 
mittedly enthused over the increas- 
ing demand for advance proofs of 
'forthcoming 'stories, are nevertheless 
'cautious and resentful of the fact 
that the picture, company reps are 
trying to. cut in on their own dwin- 
dling author ranks. They point out 
that for. the better part of a year, 
jince any number of their crack men 
were drafted into the Army, they 

have been patiently building up -.a;; co'mparii'ecr" V • Andy" Arcari. will 
new roster of pulp names and have , j 0U1 . south- Pacific bases for two 
reached a point where the field is 
only about 20.% under normal. They 
now feel, however, that their busi- 
ness, usually a highly lucrative one, 
is now being jeopardized, by . the at- 
tentions being lavished oh their key 
hackmen with '.'a flair for story tell- 
ing. . ; '/• 
The pulp authors themselvcs/how- 
, arc out to] capitalize in every 
way possible on the Coast scripter 
shortage, with virtually all of 'those 
best -Known . iii the. trade : taking -on : 

j; agents' to expedite any possible deals: 

. Cited by the pulp mag publishers 
is the case of Steve Fisher, one of. 
the topflight quickie authors who, no 
sooner had he built up a" .substan- 
tial rep via his Johnny Fletcher 
character in the detective yarn pulps] 
was grabbed up, by Warners and is 
now with Columbia scripting a 

. Fletcher, pic. Frank Gruber, alum-, 
ii'us of Short Stories mag; and- Clar- 
ence Mulford, also of the pulp schools 
are cited as others tempted by Coast 
coin after the pubs had put them 
through intensive training periods to 
gear their product to the millions of 
pulp readers. Both are now with 
20ln-Fox. 

Singular popularity of the Hop- 
along Cassidy series, which original- 
ly made its. bow as a pulp mag fea- 
ture, is said to be one of the factors 
behind the studios' all-out bid for 
the blood-and-thunder stuff. 



Cooper, Merkel, Brooks 
Arrive Safely in Australia 
For Servicemen Shows 

USO-Camp Shows.' execs -have 
been notified by the War. Dept. of 
the arrival in Australia of Gary 
Cooper, Una Merkel and Phyllis 
Brooks'; Troupe of ftlmsiers, ac 



hionths -entertaining Yank service- 
men.: .'.•',"■.. ^ 
: Miss Merkel and "Miss Brooks are 
t)ie first ' femnle entertainers to be 
channelled' into the South Pacific 
area by USO-Camp Shows. Because 
Of ■ the numerous hazards entailed, 
the CSI execs have been reluctant 
to send them into the South Pacific 
fighting zones but the two ' film 
players, it's Understood, expressed a 
desire for the tour. ■ 



BOYD MAKES HIS LAST 
(54) HOP FOR SHERMAN 

Hollywood, Nov. 9. 

William Boyd is hopping off his 
hoss after nine years^and 54 rides as 
'Hopalong, Cassidy.' His last ride is 
'40 Thieves,' after which he pa/ls 
company ' amicably with his old 
ranch bo'SS, Harry Sherman.' 

Reason for the parting is that Boyd 
.wants to play outside pictures, on 
foot, an impractical arrangement on 
the Sherman schedule. Series will 
continue to gallop with another Hop- 
along, still unnamed, in the saddle. 



HARRY BURNS BEMOANS 
MUSSO'S BAD TIMING 

Harry . Vl r Think - You - Touch') 
Burns, whose Italian dialectics have 
been a vaudeville staple for years, 
admits his Hollywood 'timing' was 
terrible, if not lousy. Mussolini, it 
seems, outguessed him coming and 
going. . . 

; urns first got the, celluloid yen at 
the same time as M.ussb became con- 
vinced that he was Caesar and 
hooked up with Adolph (Napeoleon) 
Hitler. By the . time, the big Italian 
comic got to Hollywood, Musso was 
killing Ethiopians and had become a 
very unpopular guy. Burns got a 
few . picture breaks, but before he 
could really , become established 
Mussodecided that he'd like to have 
a tete-a-tete . with Adolph in Paris. 
He pogo-slicked over the Pyrenees 
and caught France in the rear, which 
made the Italians decidedly uncom- 
mercial as film characters lor Amer- 
ican consumption. 
■ Burns then sat in Hollywood, cUrs- 
. (.Continued on page 42) 




72nd WEEK ! 

KEN MURRAY'S 

"BLACKOUTS OF 1943" , 
El Cupitan Theatre, Hollywood, Cat. 

"Keep = 'em laughing Ken— you're 
doing a swell job." 

BOB HOPE. 



Wholesalers Hold 
Back Liquor For 
Pre-Xmas Boom 



Its an open secret among liquor 
retailers that • the wholesalers are 
Scoffing at the current black market 
standards of $7 per case extra and 
holding: out until the thirsts' becqme 
a bit drier, and the pre-Xmas rush 
creates an acute bonanza. JEven now 
the top .Scotch brands are getting $90 
to $95, which, is $25 above- par, 'and 
the. average brands of Scotch which 
(Continued on page 28) 



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Back-in-New York Runaround 



By Radie Harris 



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Lpwdown on Hlgher-Ups 
George Bernard Shaw cabled Fanny HoUzmann giving her complete 
clearunce on any of his plays for Gertrude Lawrence's talked-of 'Rcvlon 
Bevue'. . Dean Murphy, for whom Metro is planning big things Is at the 
Blltmore for a few days to huddle with Marvin Schenck over his new 
long- termer , there's the femme lead In Theron Bamberger's new play 
for Edith Atwater, If she wants to put 3,000 miles between herself and her 
husband, Hugh Marlowe . Irvlnr Rapper's week-end visit to Boston was 
to see Olive Higgles Prouly, authoress of 'Now Voyager,' who has just 
completed • new novel which Rapper hopes to sew up for Warner Broji, 
as. another directorial plum for himself . . . Ann: Rone'U and Lester Cp'waii 
are at the Sherry-Netherland. ..negotiations now under way to star Jose 
Ituibl In a radio series of his own which will be a cross between Kosic- 
lanetz and the former Ford hour ...Helen Hayes, Charles Hanson Townc, 
Margalo Glllmore, Betty Field, Elmer -Rice, Russel Grouse,* Paula Lau- 
rence, Wendy Barrie, jack Pearl, Dorothy Stiekney, Martin Flavin, Bianca 
Stroock, Tessa Kosta and Howard Lindsay, in the midnight crush at Oscar 
Serlln's 'Life With Father' fifth anniversary party at the Empire. . Nciltla 
Harrigan's daughter, Ann Connolly (daughter of the late Waller Con--' 
holly), lost out on a role In 'Jackpot' because she didn't look as, if she 
ever could have been one: of Tommy Manvljle's seven wives! 



{6,400,000 Grossed 
By 'Life With Father' 

'Life With Father,' running unin- 
terruptedly at the Empire, N. Y., 
rince November, 1939, celebrated the 
start of -.its .fifth year with a party, 
hosted by Oscar Serlin. at the theatre 
Saturday (6) night. It is the third 
show which has exceeded a stay of 
more than lour years 6n- Broadway. 
'Abie's Irish . Rose* has the come'dy 
run record of five years,- 'Tobacco 
Road' being 1 the topper of all shows 
with.a rocordof oyer seven years. . 

'Father' grosses are running 12 r .i 
higher at the Empire than at the 
fame time last year. Show's total 
. gross to date there is $3,170,920, While 
the road takings have reached $3,- 
228,164. 



Hart Stalling Fix Bids 
For 'Winged Victory' 

Moss Hart is holding off on any; 
commitments on film rights to .his 
Army Force show, 'Winged Victory.' 
until the play settles down at the 
44th. St. theatre. N. Y. Drama opens 
, n Broadway, Nov. 20. 
' Thus far virtually every -'.major 
. . company . arid t,he indie production 
outfits have either submitted bids 
or have evinced interest in .'acquiring: 
the piay, with expectations that an 
all-time recorH figure approximating 
the $1,000,000 mark may be set in the 
eventual transaction. 
' Hart has agreed to do the film 
adaptation and direct the pic on a 
cutio basis. ■ ' 



Pic People Rate 5th 

In Essential Travel 

Hollywood, Nov. 9. 
Film execs; players and others con- 
nected with the motion picture in- 
dustry are rated fifth in the eight 
classifications adopted by transconti- 
nental railroads to forestall govern* 
ment action in the regulation of 
pleasure travel. 

' First two classes- arc the armed 
services and governmental agencies. 
Third group consists of those in vital 
war industries and civilians engaged 
in' camp work. Fourth and fifth com- 
prise persons on necessary trips de- 
voted partially to the war effort. : 



Berlin Preps 'Army' 

In London for Tour 

London, Nov. 

This Is the Army' troupe has ar- 
rived in London and is currently . in 
the throes of constant rehearsals; 
Show, which will be routed into- key 
cities in England, for both civilian, 
and soldier. audiences, with proceeds 
earmarked for British charities, is 
skedded for. a Nov,. 15 opening at 
the Palladium.. 

Irving Berlin, who arrived here in 
advance to set the groundwork for 
the show's- tour, is whi ing the unit 
into final shape; 



Not Releasing Pic Abroad 

In order not to interfere with the 
tour of the stage production of Irv- 
ing Berlin's This Is the Army,' War- 
ner Bros. is-'Withholding release of 
the film version in England until the 
company ;winds up its. 12-week, en 
gagement abroad and disbands. The 
prints of the film have already been 
shipped abroad. \. . 

.'Aimy.V stage company opens 'its 
tour in London and . will play key 
cities before both civilian and sol- 
dier audiences, proceeds to British 
war charities. . 



Proving That Even Flop 
Plays Pay Off; $1,000 
Per for Aleen Leslie 

Pittsburgh; Nov. 9. 
Getting a play on. Broadway, even 
if it's a Hop, still pays.off in Holly- 
wood, Aleen Leslie, Pittsburgh play- 
wright, and movie scripter, has dis- 
covered. While her . 'Mother's Day' 
was a sensation in San Francisco, but 
a bust in. New York, lasting only, a 
week under the tiUe of "Slightly 
Married,' gal has just landed a now 
screen writing job at $1,000 per 
week; the top salary she's ever had 
on. the Coast, It's with' Metro. ■; and 
lier chore is to adapt Billy Rose'.s 
'Jumbo' .'for Judy . Garland, Mickey 
Rooney and Jimmy Durante.: '" -t 
Mrs! Leslie, . married to Jacques 
Leslie, ' in RKO's legal department 
at studio, left here-several years ago 
and until 1941 contributed a daily 
colunin to the Pittsburgh Press. Gave 
that up, however, when radio and 
pix jobs became pressing. In addi- 
tion to new M-G job, her radio- 
serial, 'A Date With Judy,' which 
was a. summer replacement this year 
for Eddie Cantor, will go back on 
the network in January as a steady 
commercial. 

While flock of Broadway critics 're- 
ferred to 'Slightly, Married' as a West 
Coast 'Kiss arid Tell,' what isn't gen- ' 
erally known 1 is that Mrs. Leslie's 
play was originally Written nearly 
two years ago, before 'Kiss'' was 
born. It had been revised in the 
meantime, but basic theme remained 
the same.. 



Dlssa and Data < 

-Mary Martin being profiled- for 'Life.' and arnong all the i people .George. 
Frazier interviewed about her, he couldn't find anyone with an uncom- 
plimentary remark to contribute". . .she's one subject even the . Ci i.iics 
Circle, could agree on! . :'; the Oscar Berlins are expecting ' . nthony' or 
'Deborah' at the Leroy ' Sanatorium any day now. ...the reason .Gilbert 
Miller was such, an interested aisle-sitter at the Boston premiere of 
• Winged Victory' is because he promoted Jbe entire bankroll angeling the 
show for the Army Air Force. . .Binnie Barnes and Mrs, Joe E. Brown are 
at the Waldorf ...Dorothy Dcy, now ptittlng the finishing touches to her 
•autobiography, 'Thumb to My Nose' (and a blush to many faces!>; is, 
already planning her second literary X-ray, this one on, Hollywood pro- 
ducers tagged 'Christmas Tigers': . .David Lowe is hoping that by the time 
Canada. Lee Chiefs in from Hollywood next week, he'll have a director 
set for .'Georgia : 'Boy,' in which i Lowe would feature Lee. . .that 'anonymous.' 
film star advertising in the ;N. Y; dailies .trying to sublet her eight-iloom... 
apartment at the Eldorado is Joan Blondell. . .Gypsy Rose Lec -'served . 
glurgg and smorgasbord, and no .thop talk, -at her welcome-home party fur 
Sister June Havoc at her East G3rd street manse last week, afici ainoiig 
the weicomcrs were: Burns JVIanlle, Vincent Youmans,' Boa Kaufman, Billy ' 
Livingston', Hassard ..Short, Roland Young, Ami Penningtonj Deems Taylor. 
George Abbott, Car.mcl.Snow;- Lou' Kessler, John Fredericks, Armina Mar- 
shdH, Lawrence ' Laugnci:. Billy Stromm and Bernard Sobel. : Dorothy 
Sliukricy, who has one of the finest collections, Of glass in the country, 
will exhibit her rare pieces at the antique show for the benefit of: the 
Greenwich House' Health Work (II);.'. .'Harry Cohn is at the -St. Rcs;is. ... 
John Colioiij who hasn't been represented on the local boards: since 'St. 
Wench,' has a new play, 'Emily.' a psychological study of a female Hitler 
. . .and he has -two eyes on Wendy Barrie for the title role. . .the Humphrey. 
Bogarl's,' Brian Ahernes and Rosalind Russell are Gotham-bound. .:. whei* 
Dorothy Fields appears at the first rehearsal of 'Mexican Hayridc,' swathed 
in . Labrador mink, she'll be' wearing the gift of an ardent admirer— her 
brother Herb. 



Rossen Wins His Chair 

Hollywood-, Nov, 9. 
' .Warners hoisted Robert Rossen to 
a director status after eight years of 
screen writing at the same studio. 

Directorial -debut will be a remake 
of The Patent Leather Kid;' starling 
shortly after the first of the .year. 



Groucho's New Idea 

Hollywood, Nov. 
Editor,. 'Variety': 

.1 received the Broadway column 
(columnist shail be nameless, for Iris' 
sake) and it's about as inaccurate as 
most cblumnar .reporting; He said 
that my comments were the 'talk: of. 
the town." , This is far from true. -I 
queried the butcher, the bootblack 
and three movie, producers— none of 
them had heard the. radio discussion 
•and, on. further investigation, ''three 
of thfrii had never heard of me. So 
I guess I'm pretty safe here for 
awhile.. 

The radio .racket seems to be pro- 
gressing ;in the proper. Crossley di- 
rection and, who knows, maybe some 
day I'll be as well known as 'Break- 
fast at Sai'di's.' I have been toying 
with the idea of putting on a similar 
type program: The. background 
would be a kosher restaurant and it 
would be called 'Goulash at Grou- 
cho's.' Please let me know how this 
idea strikes you, and where. 

Grouc/io iliurx. 



JUR0W TO H'WOOD AS 
TRILLING'S WB AIDE 

' Marty Jurow; eastern talent scout 
for Warners/ goes to the Coast to 
work, under' Steve Trilling, exec as- 
sistant to Jack Warner. 

Marjorie Morrow, Jurow's assist- 
ant, takes over as talent scout in the 
N. Y. office. Before joioLrig Warners, 
Jurow was with Music Corp. of 
America, Miss Morrow ex-CBS. 



June Knight Nets 45G 
Under Divorce Accord 

Little Rock, Ark., Nov. 9. 
■ June Knight, actress, who received 
a divorce frorii Arthur Arden Cam- 
eron, oil man, here Sept. 21, received 
$44,831.08 of the $50,000 property 
settlerbent made by Cameron in an: 
order signed by Chancellor Frank 
Dodge this week. 

--James V. Allied, ex-goveinor of 
Texas, who, with W. Henry Rclor 
of Little, Rock, -represented / liss 
Knight, received $5,000 of the $7,- 
.310' lawyer fees for which he filed 
intervention in the divorce proceed- 
ings on Oct. 11. 



Army Gives 60 Miami 
Hotels Back to Owners 

Miami Beach, Nov. 9. 

Some 00 to 70 hotels, idle since the 
Army withdrew troops formerly 
housed there for other quarters, are 
reverting to public, ownership this 
week. They're chiefly second-rale 
hostclrics. 

Owners' believe that the Army, 
cognizant of time element necessary 
to put establishments: into order for 
the whiter season, picked the earjy- 
dale to turn them back to the hos- 
telry keepers. 



Costello's Yr.-Old Son 
Drowns 3 Hrs. Before 
Comic's Return to Air 

Hollywood^ Nov; 9, 
Lou Coslello was jscheduled to re- 
turn to the air Thursday night (4) 
after having been laid low for nine 
months by rheumatic fever. Three 
hours before; air. .time, and shortly 
after the last script reading -.started,, 
an emissary of NBC brought him 
the shocking news that his one-year 
f>ld son, Lou, Jr., had .drowned- in 
their Van Nuys home swimming, 
pool. Costeilo sped. from the studio 
to his home while the . pulmotor 
squad worked futilely to bring back 
a spark of life into the youngster. 

'Meanwhile, at Ihe studio producer 
Martin Gosch and Costello's partner, 
Bud Abbott, started making calls for 
a .substitute.' They didn't figure, that 
CoMello could bear up under such 
grief and go through with a s!ap- 0 
stick comedy, show. Contact was 
made with Mickey Rooney and he 
came running. Bob Hope, Jimmy 
Durante and Red Skeltori- heard the 
(Continued on page 46) 



U Stages Groan Under 
Weight of Eight Pix 

■Hollywood, Nov. . 
v. Universal's sound stages are crowd- 
ed to capacity this week .with eight 
pictures.' in work' and another.. titled 
'Palm Sprin location on the 

desert. . . 

On the horne lot are: 'When Ladies 
Fly,' The Imposter,' 'Gypsy-Wildcat.' 
'Three Cheers for. the Boys,'. 'Patrick 
the Great,' 'Calling Dr. Death." 
'Moonlight in Vermont' and 'Her' 
Primitive Man.' 



Frank Case Books 

' Being Dramatized 

"Talcs of a Wayward. Inn" and 'Do 
Not Disturb,': Frank Case's books of 
reminiscences of his Algonquin 
hotel, N; Y„ are being dramatized by 
Allen.' Boretz, who co-aulhofi'd 
•Room Service' with John Murray, 
Case will have approval of Hie , liMil1 
script. . ' 

The Algonquin' is noted as a h;;n2- 
oul for literati and stage celebs. 



Wednesday, November 1 0, 194S 



P2VRIETY 



PICTURES 1 







Change in UA Corporate Bylaws 



Hollywood, Nov. 9. ♦ 

Mary Pickford, owner-member of 
United Artists'., is demanding far- 
reaching changes in the bylaws ot 
the corpora lion which, if . adopted, 
would leave the. way open to a re- 
Alignment of owner-members in 
UA. Miss icktord has expressed 
dissatisfaction with the present cor- 
porate setup- on " the grounds that it 
is not su icienlly flexible. She may 
file a petition for a -declaratory judg- 
lent to protect her interests: 

It. is "reported that Miss Pickford 
has nol'led. United Artists Corp. that 
she intends to seek, among other 
: changes," the. elimination, of the by- 
la w wh ich si i pula les that there must 
be 'Unanimity among 'all- owner-mem- 
bers in making decisions affecting 
the constitution of the company. 

Miss- ickford has., pointed out, 
fioni accounts, that since one of the 
owiirr-membcrs (Sir! Alexander 
Kordai Is in England and since tlycrc 
is a. lawsuit between the t\»o other 
owner-members iCharles- Chaplin vs. 
David O. Selznick), unanimity of ac- 
tion- among the UA. partners does not' 
'.appear- practicable. 

Under UA bylaws the unanimous 
approval of all the owner -mcrtibers 
would be required in the event Of a 
proposal- involving the sale of ' UA 
slock by any one of .the owner- 
members or' the sale of treasury 
slock to a new owner-member. Thus, 
In one instance, lack of unanimous 
approval stymied 'Korda when he 
was planning to sell his 25% interest 
in. UA earlier ibis year. 



Pars All-Out On 
$10,000,000 Quartet 



■ With Paramount now going ahead 
with a policy of fewer pictures, "un- 
derstood that . decision has been 
reached to place no curb on the 
pursestriiigs and that the sales de- 
partment of the company is being 
primed, in line with this policy,, to 
adopt all-out merchandising , plans 
in this connection, together with the 
.drafting on a broad scale of the-top- 
lnost pictures. ■: 

Indicative of the 'spare-no-expense' 
policy which it is said the company 
is adopting as a. regular thing — an 
ambition being to outdistance any ot 
its distributor competitor.? — are four 
pictures that run over $10,000,000 in 
cost! These arc 'Bell Tolls.' which is 
being -marketed' singly at 70'; and 
advanced admissions: 'Lady in the 
Dark.' "Frenchman's Creek' and 

. 'Story of Dr. Wasscl,' ' 

While there is no expectation that 
Par will run wild on costs, getting 
out of.-bounds in an attempt to make 
pictures bigger- through ' extending 
limitations on costs , these four pic- 
tines running- into eight figures arc 
regarded as an augury as to what is 
yet to conic from Par. not many 
yea i s ago down in the heap, but- the 

•past couple seasons hilling hard' for' 
supremacy in the business. Not only i 
are production- and selling plans be'- 1 French 



Klune, Johnson Shifts 

HoHywood, Nov. 9.. . 
Ray Klune moves over to 20th 
Century-Fox in an important post 
after resigning as production man- 
agev for David O. Selznick's. Van- 
guard Films. Richard Johnson 
leaving . Harry Sherman to replace 
Klune with Selznick. 



Made $45 Wkly. a Year 
Ago, Dot Donegan Set 
For UA Pic at $3,000 

Chicago, Nov. 9. 
Dorothy . Donegan. colored boogie- 
woogie pianist/ whose .salary has 
jumped from $45 to $1,250 a week in 
a little over a year, was signed last 
week by Andrew Stone, United Art- 
ists producer, to appear in his com- 
ing tilmusical, 'Sensations of. 1944.' 
Contract is said to call- for $3,000 
weekly and she's due in Hollywood 
shortly after the first ot the year.. . 

Miss Donegan recently returned to 
the Laiin 'Quarter here for her fourth 
holdover show. A clause in her con- 
tract allowed the playing of a Week 
at the Paradise theatre, Detroit; 
where she closes Thursday (11); she 
reopens at the, Latin Quarter the fol- 
lowing night. .'•■.'' 



SCHARY LEAVES M-G, 
MAY PRODUCE AT RK0 

. Hollywood, Nov. 9, 
Dore Schary resigned after seven 
years as. writer and; editorial super- 
visor a.t Metro, during which he won 
the Academy Award for his scripting 
of 'Boys Town' and wrote numerous 
high grossers. 

Understood he ..will join RKO as' 
producer of high budget pictures for 
the coming season. During the. last 
year he has turned down several pro- 
ducing'ofTers. from major studios. 

$3,000,000 'Wilson' Film 
Tied In With Peace Plans 

Cueing it to the current United 
Nations overtures for a lasting peace 
after the war. Darryl Zanuck's 'The 
Life of Woodrow Wilson' is being 
readied as probably the top-budgeted 
and most ambitious production on 
the 20th-Fox schedule to date. 
Switch in plans now puts it in the 
$3,000,000 cost category. 

Though originally planned in black 
aiid while, it's since been decided 
lo do it in Technicolor. 



Wellesian 'Invasion' Gag 
Traced to RKO Moan' Pic 

Boston, Nov. 9. 
Local newspapers. swamped 
throughout the latter part of the 
week with phone calls asking. details 
on the 'giganlic". invasion ot France 
by the Allies.' couldn't ; figure' out 
where, ihe rumor got started; It was. 
even' ..announced.' Willi gravity, at. a 

elicf Benefit, *nd'-: resulted 

ing laid with the greatest care and '!..'» additional .'flattering takes, 
the least amount of haste, but Par is \ Rumor was finally pinned on 'Joan 
giving very special attention to rc- ! nf Paris." an oldie on view, at the 
leasing schedules in order to protect! Tromonl theatre. "Film begins, con- 




Dlfferehpes of opinion have rer 
portedly arisen among distribution- 
exhibition and production executives 
of some major companies regarding 
the growth of heavy studio inven- 
tories which consist of pictures/com- 
pleted, but not released: pictures In 
early, release and partially amor- 
tized; and pictures In course of pro- 
duction. 

Major company execs point out 
that in one or two cases, due to the 
high production costs,- inventories, at 
major 'studios are two, and tjiree 
times as great as in pre-war years 
and that while income is also gre'aler 
there still remains so huge a differ- 
ence that. ; current policies arc 
maintained there would be need for 
$5.000,-O00 to $15,000,000 ' additional 
working Capital in somes, instances. 

Along with a preponderance' of top" 
(Continued on page 4tfi 





Maxwell Show 

Hollywood, Nov, 
Frank Morgan is being pulled off 
the Maxwell House show in six 
weeks by Metro, Studio is taking 
advantage of a clause in the actor's 
contract which permits his with- 
drawal on six weeks notice, if, in 
its.' opinion, injury is being done to 
Morgan or the studio. It has not 
been made clear where the injury 
has been' inflicted. General Foods, 
however, is given first' refusal on 
Morgan's radio, services for another 
show in which he must be starred. 

Meanwhile, a Metro studio, show 
has-been' put together with Morgan, 
John Conte.as. m.c-., a band and 
guest stars from the Culver City 
plant. It is not a package deal and 
several agencies have . already 
started negotiations with theirs and 
other clients. Phil Rapp would be 
\yriter-direetbr. 

No price has been quoted, but 
understood that $15,000 will swing it. 



HUGHES' 'OUTLAW' PIC 
AGAIN ON THE SHELF 

With no release deals pending at 
the moment, 'The Outlaw.' produced 
by Howard Hughes and nixed by the 
Hays' office, is on the shelf indefi- 
nitely, according to inner sources. 
Meantime. Hughes has a ' 25-year 
lease on the old RKO Downtown. 
Detroit, where he ■ planned" running 
the picture following an engagement 
in San Francisco: House, on which 
considerable was spent. in refurbish- 
ing, remains On Hughes'; hands. 

.On understanding that Certain- cuts 
would ' be made. 20lh-Fox was in- 
terested in taking -.national., release 
on 'Outlaw' a . few months ago but 
deal, fell through.. 



Bill Scully's Op 

William Scully, -p. in charge of 
distribution for Universal, entered a 
New York hospital . last Friday for 
nose and throat treatment. 

Understood he^s- to undergo a mi- 
nor operation. 



0PA Kayoes Festive 
Board for Academy 
Awards This Year 

Hollywood, Nov. . 

Academy Awards dinner for early 
next year Is expected to be cancelled 
at the nieeiin ' riday (12) night of 
the Academy broader. With appoint- 
ment of the Awards Committee! un- 
derstood a statement is to be issued 
cancelling the dinner, but continuing 
with presentation of the Oscars, 
probably in Crauman's Chinese the- 
atre;-' ;■ ' -. 

Since last : year's affair - there -has 
been a definite movement to dispense 
with the dinner for the duration and 
this time it's a practical necessity, iiv 
compliance with OPA regulations re- 
garding' festive events, requiring 
great amounts of food. 



HERE'S A NEW SNIPE AT 
PIX INDUSTRY REVENUE 

Des Moines. .Nov. 9. 
Iowa's Executive Council took under, 
consideration here a request by the 
State Tax Commission to ad upon a 
Louisville, Ky.. law firm's olTer la- 
collect' approximately $220.000 . in- 
come taxes arid penalties allegedly, 
due the slate by motion piclur? pro- 
ducers over a 10-year period. 

In a letter to the commission, the. 
■firm of Mayer 3t Associates, cited fig- 
ures showing there are. 038 theatres 
in Iowa with total seating capacity of 
215.806, and that 35% of the rental 
on films is paid to producers whose 
approximate net. income annually is 
more than $50,000,000 nationally. 

On the basis that Iowa has 31-5% 
of the theatres in the United States, 
the letler said that the estimated net 
income due Iowa in taxes is $15,000 
a year. Interest at 22 '5-'. annually 
and penalties, would bring the 
amount due over a 10-year period to 
more than $220,000, it was declared. 
- Permission to -attempt to collect 
this amount from, the producers on 
a percentage basis was asked by the 
Louisville (inn. An Executive Coun- 
cil spokesman said the figures would 
be investigated, and it would be de- 
termined whether the firm can be 
employed. ' ., 



. MORI KRUSHEN 

Grad Sears. v,p; in charge of dis- 
tribution for United Arlists, has be- 
come one of the highest-salaried 
execs in the motjon picture industry 
this year, with gross earnings of 
$425,000 under his salary and profit- 
participation deal with UA. 

Scars, according to reports. ' re- 
ceives $350,000 as his slice !of the 
UA profits for the. past year, in addi- 
tion to a salary of over $75,000 an- 
nually. UA profits for the. current 
year, ending Dec, 31, 1943, are esti- 
mated likely to reach $2,500,000 to . 
$3,000,000 on basis of earnings al- 
ready chalked up; It is. also the first , 
time that the company has shown a 
large profit from domestic operations 
which have usually been in the red 
in past years when only the profit- 
able foreign rnarket operations kept 
the company in the black, 

Carl Losernian, UA general sales; 
'manager, under - his personal pac t 
with- Sears, which provide:; that Ire 
receive .50'-; of' the lalters '-profit-" 
pariicipalion. gets : $175,000' of the. 
$350,000. giving Sears net earnings 
i before taxc.s) of over $250,000. Lcs- 
ermari s share" of the profit-participa- 
tion is in addition to salary of over 
$5U,.000 annually from UA. Sears, 
however, is the Only home . office 
exec with a term pact. 

Scars" contract with UA meantime, 
was . automatically renewed early 
this month. His pact with UA holds 
a buy-back clause which, if exer- 
cised, by Nov. t last, would; have 
called for 're-negotiation of his deal. 
Since the directors of the company 
did not exercise the buy-back option 
Scars' contract now runs through 
Dec. 31. 1946. 



NIGHT SHOOTING BACK, 
BIG SAVING TO STUDIOS 

Hollywood, Nov. 9. 
. Night shooting on Hollywood's 
back lots and ranches is back in the 
groove and saving the studios plenty- 
of coin after a year of nocturnal film- 
ing under expensive canopies. Dur- 
ing the year- of dimouls dozens of 
scripts had lb be- revised, seriously 
handicapping the production sched- 
ules. 

Only restriction on outdoor night' 
shooting und.er the new. system is 
merely, a precautionary measure. 
Studios must keep in constant touch 
with- local radio stations, in case of 
a sudden blackout signal. 



market values of its product, avoid 
conMicls. etc. It is also spending 
plenty c'ircusiiV" the product: 



S Plx in Work. 9 On Way Out 

Hollywood, Nov. 9. 
.. Five feaiures are in work on the 
Paramount lot this week and nine 
more, are in various stages of editing 
m the cutting rooms: Latest starters 
are 'Incendiary Blonde' and 'Tombr- 
fow'.s^ Harvest." Holdovers " on the 
sets are iRainbo'w Island." 'When I 
Come Back; and 'Double Indemnity;" 

In the cutting process are 'The 
Story . or. on Wassell,' 'Going My 
Way, 'Frenchman's Creek,' 'Ministry 
of Fear,' 'Standing Room Only.' 
Hftnry Aldrich. Boy Scout,' 'Our 
Hearts Were Young and Gay,' 'The 
Man-m Hair Moon Street' and 'Hail 
-the Congueriiig Hero.' 



veulionally, but .suddenly breaks off 
as announcers .shout. 'According to 
BBC. a gigantic air battle rages over 
the channel — Allied invasion of 
Fiance beginning:' etc. Alvlhis point 
Ihe more, .gullible rush out into the 
street to spread the rumor. We/lcsian 
gag is part of .film, 



Many UA Producers East 

Large number of United .-'Artists- 
producers in Now York or due short- 
ly, to huddle with company sales 
loppcrs. Among those in N. Y. arc 
Sig Schlager, producing "Knicker.: 
boc.ker Holiday.' Hunt Slrombcrg and 
Jules -Levey. 

Samuel Bronston Clack London' i 
avrivod over the past weekend while 
Sol Lesser is due in N. : Y. wilbiii a 
wepk. ' . 



Japanizing Conquered 
Natives As Fox Themer, 

Hollywood. ,M.)Vi . j 
Bryan Foy is going to show in ; 
■Horror Island' how Hirohilo's emis-. | 
saries are Japai'iziiig the conqucrcrl 
-people.-;. lards in the southwest; 
Pacific area through -forced mar- 
riages: of male ' natives -to" Japanese 
girls. 

Picture, now being .scripted, by 
Charles C. Booth'., goes Intel work 
late- this month 31 20lh-FoN. 

Richmond Up|>ed at U 

Hollywood.. Nov. . 
. Ted Richmond, former writer and 
press agent, has been signed by . Uni- 
versal as associate producer. 

Three picture.-i have been assigned 
to him. 



Phil Regan, Dad of 4, 
Classified 1A at 37 

Phil Regan, film and radio actor, 
at 37, has been rc'classilied ,1-A by 
his draft board, lie will be 38 next 
.May.' He has, four '.children', two of 
whom are already, in the service. 
One. 18. is in the rmy. and the 
'Jlher. 17. iii going . into . tile Navy. 
The Regans al.Mi have two- gh is. 13 
and 14 years old:: 

Althougii the Regans nip in la in 
■their; home on the coast, in Pasa- 
dena, he's registered with the' draft 
board in Smitlilowii. L. I. 



Don Amcfhe Ditto 

Ifollywood. Noy. 9. | 
Don Ameche has. been reelas.iifiii ; 
I -A by his draft' .board.'- 




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'Yama-Yama, Girl' Biog 

-Richairt Hiiiding avis, roman'l'-: 
war correspondent and author ol •> 
hygone era. and his wife. ■ 'Yaina- 
Yaina Gil l" Bessie McCoy Davis, will 
be bioged '.-. " the latest proposed 
screen biog. . - - 

Hope Harding Davis, daughter, .and 
Dailcv Paskinan are.collabcnaling in 
New York. 



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Bill, ..;.-..: . ., .',.: .;. 






: Chatter ... , . . . . ..."... 




71 


"Mm v 




3.4 


House 




40 


. Inside— I.e^il ' ... 






Inside^ M isic, 




61 


Inteinaiioil . 




38 


Legitimate . . 




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Music. ... '.!.-.. 




5!) 


New Acts . ..... 




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04 ' 


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7!) 


Orchesli;^ 




5!) ■; 


I'irliii'Cv ...... ... . 






Radio'-. 




47 


'Radio Heviev.s.. 




52 


.Unit Revie-.v.. ... 




e.V 


1'audeville ....... ., . ... 




! 6:! 


War Activiiie.-,,'. 




4 



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WAR ACTIVITIES 



PftRIETY 



Wednesday, November 10, 1 913 



Justified By High Morale Value 



oiiiling to Moss Haft's forthcom- ♦■ 
im; roadway production, 'Winged 
Victory.' as possibly the greatest nio- 
ralo'induccr yet lo emerge out of the- 
current -conflict;' 'and for' that rea- 
son alone a notable contribution to 
1hc homcfrotu' war effort/ Ariny Air 
Fojco officials- arc taking vigorous 
exception to -reported criticism be- 
cause inductees from show bjz have 
been channelled into army -Mage pro- 
ductions .primarily aimed at reach iiig; 
(lie nation's civilians. ../ 

It's further pointed out that it was 
Gen. Henry H.- Arnold himself who 
recognized the- vital morale role of 
such ;a production setting forth the 
story of. the Army Air Forces, and 
thus persuaded' Hart to write the 
show. ;' . .- ' 

The Air Force officials point to the 
fact that 95 'o of the men identified 
■with, the production were in-, special 
services oi - limited service prior to 
being accepted i -■' roles in 'Victory;'., 
that hot a single cadet, flier or man 
in uniform trained for actual coin- 

al service was. accepted for a role, 
although it was within -the province, 
of the: Air. Force officials" to enlist 
•such personalities as Capt. Clark 
Gable or Lt. Jimmy Stewart had- 
they expressed, a willingness to en- 
ter the show. That, in effect; is their 
answer to the question raised in 
some quarters- as to the justification- 
of transplanting several hundred 
men .in.', uniform on. Broadway, /or 
such productions, as 'This Is the 
Army.' 'The Army Play By Play' and 
the Moss Hart sho w./'thus necessitat- 
ing -the" arafting of,' that many more 
men a.s replacements. v even: though 
their home-front mcraloyvaTue is un- 
questioned and. the. proceeds' help 
swell the Army Emergency Relief 
Fund. 1 / 

. Likewise: the question has, been 
raised:. 'Isn't -it^n'ore vital to utilize 
the services of 'these men from show 
biz in fostering. GI shows at. military 
bases, especially at a time when the 
War Dept. recognizes -projects' in pro- 
viding healthy diversioii-for the boys 
in the camps and ' navy bases?' 
Others have pointed to the fact that, 
with several million dollars already 
In the Army Emergency Relief Fundi 
..which also 'receives a sizeable appro- 
continued on page 42) 



My Dance, Captain! 

Camp Lee, Va., Nov. 

A new unit has been added to- 
the training schedule- at Camp 
Lee: Attendance i. purely vol- 
untary and all Iraihin is dpife 
during' off-duty. 

The unit is tiie : . 
Dancers Replacement 
.Center. 



1 20 Soviet Cameramen 
Film Red Army Advance 

Washington, Nov. 9. , 
Russians now have 120 . front-line 
cameramen traveling with the ad- 
vancing ; 'troops, -making'.-., newsreel 
footage, Soviet Embassy here, .re- 
ports. 

■ 'Each day,' says the report,, 'thou- 
sands of meters of film are : deliv- 
ered by. plane to the newsreel stu- 
dios : in Moscow. The Alexeyey 
brothers, two well-known camera- 
men,, who were recently in Moscow 
on a short leave, gave the following 
account of their work in the field: 

'We spent eight months on the Ka- 
linin front with officers and men of 
the famous Panfllov Guards Division. 
Our. truck was equipped for. the im- 
mediate development and printing 
of. film. The newsreel. 'The Fighting 
for Bezymyannaya Hill:' now. being 
shown on the Soviet screen, was an 
exciting assignment . . . 

'We also filmed the entire opera- 
ion for the capture of Dukhovsh-' 
china: and Smolensk which is now 
being shown on Soviet serpens.' . 



Original Material Set 
For Overseas Troupes 
Under New USO Pattern 

. Pattern of USO-Camp Shows over T 
seas entertainment, based, on surveys 
of soldier preferences made on be- 
hal'r of- the morale organization ; by; 
various' USO' offshore troupers, .has 
been radically altered; Henceforth 
it will embrace the. eolation of. reg- 
ular four': five or six-mai) produc- 
tions.' based on the size of the troupe,'. 
Which; will be rquipped with orig- 
inal songs, Sketches aiid' other ; ma- 
terial aimed, .strictly at fitting the. 
personalities. As a result all future 
USO troupes' will go .overseas as mu- 
sicomedy units. 

: In effect, the new program. ;which 
was put .in'to operation last /week, 
terminates the ; former vaudeville 
pattern under which a" number of 
acts' were , thrown together as units' 
but often found lacking in "cohesion 
and variety, with' one act ofttimes 
lending to offset the", effectiveness 
of another.' Because of the make- 
shift 1 arrangement, acts frequently 
complained upon returning that they 
were at a disadvantage,. material fre- 
quently being duplicated, with fre- 
quent clashing of personalities, all ot 
which,- thejr argued, made for 
dubious ■ showmanship and was felt 
keenly by the soldiers themselves. 

The new setup applies to all, acts 
that check overseas on the USO pay- 
roll, with the volunteer stars, as in 
the ' past, ' retaining their own per- 
sonalized type of . material, long 
familiar to the fighting boys. 

The new; showmanship stance re-, 
.suited last week in the' creation of a J 
new bureau at Camp Shows -.N. Y. 
headquarters, where a staff of tune- 
smiths, gag and .sketch writers, and 
others, will turn out fresh material 
as each unit is assembled for the 
tours to the fighting fronts. . As the 
overseas program expands, the staff 
will be enlarged to meet the heeds. 
Presently, Phil Ellis has checked in 
on the .CSI payroll, as songsmith, 
with Billy K. Wells jhd Pat C, Flick 
forming the nucleus for the staff of 
writers.. 

Material is being, primarily, aimed 
at permitting for soldier-audience 
participation wherever possible, 
since that's what the boys overseas 
keep asking for. Oil units will be 
carefully rehearsed. In N. Y , under 
supervision of Lou Wolfsbn, who's 
in charge of CSI overseas operation, 
and Ted Hammersteiri, assistant pro- 
ducer of- overseas shows. 



Philly's Mobile Unit 

Rolls Into High. Gear 

Philadelphia. Nov. 9. ; 
■ The . Stage Door Canteen's latest 
offspring,, the Mobile- Hospital Ehtor- 
■ tiiinmeni -Unit, gave shows to more 
than .9,000 wounded veterans during, 
Oc'lober-T^first mouth of its operation 
.as a full-finic -force. '-. '- ; 

The unit had been working in 
cfilch-'a.s-catch-can style for. the past 
few months, but last month augment- 
ed by a full-time committee and' 
fluids contributed by friends ;bf .iifli.v 
biz the .unit rolled, into high'geaiv 



Harlcnv gets its firstocanlccn for 
■aorvieenicn when the Savoy Bal.l : 
ioom. wli ich recently opened, re- 
serves Tuesday eyes for Ariiiy, N-avy 
find Merchant Marines.- WilhYWCA, 
USO and 92hd rtegim'e>nt ; supplying 
hostesses; boys will . dance to music 
•by Cootie, Wililams' orch, currently 
at the Savoy,- wi(h other acts, filling 
in. '■'. 

Canteen set to open in two weeks. 



All-Colored GI Revue 
Preems at Governors Is. 

First all-colored G I show to date. 
'The Off-Duty Revue,' written and 
produced through the cooperation of 
the Special, Service Branch of the 
Second Service Command, was given 
its premiere Monday night (7) at the 
Fort/Jay War Dept. theatre, Govern- 
ors Island, N. Y., before an audience 
of Army officers aiid invited guests. 
Revile was repeated last night t ucs- 
dayl for. -.enlisted men.. 

Show was. enacted by members of 
the 372d Infantry. New York City. 
Material will be made, available, to 
all colored army units. 



Kaye-Durocher Go Dec. 15 

Danny Kaye ' and Leo Duroerier, 
Dodger's manager, shove : for 
overseas Dec. 15, to ciilerlain Allied 
aiid U. S. -troops abroad for a two 
to three- months stint. Kaye, who 
was placed in 4F, by, his draft board 
beginning of the ''month; is currently 
at the Rosy theatre. New York.. 

Pair are set to leave from New 
York, but they'll rehearse, on the 
Coast. 



Russell, Sheldon Now 
Bookers for Camp Shows 

Two additions to. the USO-Camp 
Shows booking staff was made last- 
week, following resignation of Benny 
Kuchuk, who has moved over to the, 
vaude-iiitery ..-department of Music 
Corp. of America, 

The new; additions to booking jflaff 
are Tom Russell and Van Sheldon, 

Xmas Largesse To 
Service Staffers 

irtually every, distributing com- 
pany in the.'picture business has an- 
nounced plans for sending Christmas 
gifts to former employees now in the 
armed services..- either in the form Of 
cash or presents, some' both. System 
for getting, the' Xinas presents: to 
armed forces, has been worked but 
belter this 'year than, previously, and 
it. 'represents .a larger outlay In most 
instances. 

Nearly 1..000 men and women of 
20th-Fox and Movietone News, now 
in service, get $10 in cash from the' 
company, besides parcels containing 
food,.. smokes and other wanted arti- 
cles. National. Theatres,, affiliate of 
20th-Fox, will send presents to some 
1,400 serving the colors. 

Warner Bros, has announced that 
its. Xmas checks to employee* serv- 
ing the colors will be 50'.o : bigger.' 
than last year. The checks, each for 
$15, will be sent jointly, by the com-, 
pany and the. Warner Club.- Every' 
eriiployce wiil get. a check, regardless- 
of how long: with the company. • -• 

RKO already has' sent $10 packages 
to nien in the service for -Christmas. 
Company .also sends cash gifts each 
week, revolving fund -6C ab'Out $5,000 
from employees keeping: this coin 
going out to servicemen. 

Universal, which has. a welfare, 
fund providing . former emloyees in 
the service with moricy each -week", is 
sending cash for ''Xmas. Besides the 
liberal bonuses in coin, all U ; em- 
ployees get four weeks' salary on 
leaving to join the colors.' 



THEATRICAL ADVISORS 
TOUR SW PACIFIC BASES 

Southwest Pacific. 
Editor, 'Variety': 

I have a new job now. -There was 
a batch of 10 theatrical advisors that 
arrived from the slates aiid I have 
been brought down to the 'main 
office' to sort of look after theni as. 
well as worry about all other show 
business; theatricals, etc. (-except mo- 
tion pictures) in the SWPA iSouth- 
west Pacific area). However, I have 
never been known to sit in an office 
and I expect to travel more than 
ever now. 

Among the officers that arrived is 
liV. S. BiUlerfleld's- grandson, Lt. 
Walter Rathbbne. and . Capt. John 
Judd, a director that has staged 
dozens of Junior League shows- for 
me as well as several of the Coro- 
n'ado Estrada spectacles in. Kansas. 

Lt. Lanny Ross joined the music 
department down here: 

Capt. jtirry Cargiil. 

Show People Pledge 

Aid to World Peace 

With a delegation .of names from 
show business, among. '.others; affix- 
ing their signatures a 'pledge for 
peace' was. endorsed last week at a 
meeting lipid in Washington' with 
Supreme Court Justice OwCn' . J. 
.Roberts. Signators included ; Russel 
Grouse, Spyros P. ^kouras, Law- 
rence Tibbclt, Raymond Gram 
Swing. H. V. Kaltcnborn and Clifton 
Fadiman.' Pledge calls for- gradual 
abolition "of imperialism:. the project- 
ing of America into a 'world organ- 
ization' of which the United Nations 
would . be a nucleus and from \vliich 
no : member nation could secede., and 
the establishment of an international 
police, force. 

The pledge was sponsored by the 
newly-organized coniniillee of., the 
Writcr'<i Wat Board and lists some 
GO sponsors, , including . Cccrl Brown,. 
Nornian Corwin, Crouse." Fadiman. 
Max. Gordon,' Moss Hart, Arthur 
Hopkins, . Lahgston Hu'glics, iloward 
Lindsay, Buriis Mantle. -. Fiorencc 
Eldridce, Elmci- Ri . Richard Rod'- 
ge'r."!, Cornelia Otis- Skinner, Deems 
Taylor.ahd Artur Rodzihski. 



Heifetz'a Camp Tour 

.' First instrumental concert artist- to 
go offshore /or USO-Camp Shows, 
Jascha Heifetz has jiist arrived , in 
Panama /or'. a six to seven-week tour 
of b'asei in that area. 

Accompanying Heifelz is his ' - 
companist, Emanuel; Bay -, 



USO-Lytell Select Five Legits 
For Tour of Army Camps, Bases 



Tote Those Funnies 

. ... Philadelphia . 
Philly's ether '" -'uncles/ the 
gents who tell the kids' to eat 
their spinach and wash'. behind 
llu-iiv ars teamed up last week 
ill the interests of the paper sal- 
vage _campaign. : A ; gala - sliow 
■'was- held at Convention Hail at 
.which'' each moppet -had to bring 
five pounds of scrap paper as 
an admission ticket. The stunt' 
was plugged over the air. to ..a..-' 
farc-tlic-welt by the - 'uncles,' 
who split, the m.c. chores. 
': 'HaiitUiiig the scrap paper show < 
wcie. Slan Lee Broza, who;lias.- 
skippered a kiddie show 
WCAU for 15 years: Uncle Wip, 
perennial story teller at WIP, 
aiid- 'Skipper' Dawes, moopct 
idol of WFIL. 



ENSA Troupers Gripe 
Officers Giving Choice 
Seats to Civvie Guests 

• ' London, Ocl/ lS. 

; II looks like ENSA is on the spot 
Braivclv of Navy. Arniy aiid Air Force 
Institutes, ENSA, bossed by : . asrl 
Dean, with Drury- Laiie theatre as 
headquarters is supposed to exist to 
pro vide camp shows' 'lor- the services 
at home and. abroad. Most all stage, 
vaudc .. and screen stars do tours;' 
some, have been in North ; Africa, 
India, Greenland and Sicily. 

Some, especially those .covering the/' 
homefront, are squawking out loud. 
They say they are very willing to 
hold over h igh price • contracts and 
endure bad travelling conditions to 
entertain the services, 'but when 
troops are crowded; out or -have, to 
stand around the aisles and back to 
make room lor officers' ..civilian 
guests it's no dice.. They , say these 
are their normal cash customers, »nd ; 
they, aren't hiking around the coun- 
try to. give tiiem cheap 'shows./ 

Tommy Trinder,. topline 'comic,': 
started the ruckus. Complained in 
print aiid to Variety Artistes Federa- 
tion he had just come off a camp! 
tour and had seen hardly any au r 
diences except civilians. ' Declared 
^officers were handing out ducats for 
four or more seals to civilian pals, 
and officers going on leave were 
leaving passes for .non-services. 
Flanagan aiid Allen have joined with 
Trinder in complaining lo VAF, 
which is caning a: committee meet- 
ing lo hear evidence. 



t Based on the recent survey made 
by Bert Lyfcll, president; of 'Equitv 
on behalf of USO-Camp Shows, Inc.| 
as" to the type of legit entertainment' 
most in favor among the boys in uni- 
form, CSI execs have, selected "the 
fiye shOws that will be sent oiil soon 
fiir extensive tours of the nation's 
'military bas*es. ; 

'The Male Animal,' 'The First Year' 
and 'Junior Miss,' all of which have 
previously toured the camp circuits ■ 
and all rating high oii the preferred ' 
list, will again be sent out. Also 
chosen are 'Out of the Frying Pan,' 
which is being assembled in Chicago, 
and 'The Army Murder Mystery/' an 
original, which .is being whipped to- 
gether on the Coast: The first three 
plays will be put into rehearsal in . 
N; Y. 'Murder. Mystery,' which ber 
gins its tour Nov. 15 at the Edge- 
wood Arsenal, in Maryland, will, in 
addition to its .regular cast, use, 
number of soldiers 'at' the variqus 
camps. Latter will , be rehearsed in 
their roles by the ' camps' special, 
service officers in advance, thus; en- 
abling them to step into live play 
for -the single performance upon its 
arrival. : / ■'. / ; 

; 'Male Animal', bows in Dec. 27 at 
Corpus. Christi; 'First Year' at Dal- 
hart, Tex., on Jon. 3, an 'Junior 
jMiSs' at : Ft. - Benniiig. Ga.. also on 
Jan. Si . The Chi' 'Frying. Pan- rdni- 
pany- opens' at Truax. Field; Mailis 
Dec. 27. . 



Sahite to Fabian, Mayer 

Si Fabian and Arthur Mayer, who 
have been volunteer workers with- 
out pay with War Activities Com- 
mittee headquarters ia New York 
since ihe inception of the WAC. were 
guests at a luncheon in their honor 
at the Hotel Astor,- N. Y. yesterday 
(Tues.). 

Tribute was sponsored by the The- 
atre Owners of 'Greater New; York 
with David Weipslock as chairman 
and James, J. Walker as toastmaster. 



' LA. to N.Y. 

Hal Bock-./ 
Harry Brand. 
-Joe E. Brown. . 
Helmut Dantine.. 
Curly. Davis. 
Edward Dmytryk. 
John Emery. / 
Reeves Espy! 
William Fadimaii. 

reston Foster. 
Don Gilmaii. 
Leon Goldberg. 
Mose Gumble. 
Rita Ha.vworlh. 
David 1 ferhpstcad. ' 
Helen Hunt. 
Irene'. 

John L. Jdhnslon. 
Sol Lesser. 
Rudolph Montcr. 
Joseph Nadcl. - 
J,ohn Nesbilt. 
Arch.bboler. 
Clare Olmsfead, 
Jack A. Part in 
Arthur Ripley. 
Rjlz i : otbcrs. 
Ralph Roddy. 
Joseph M; Schenck. . 
Arthur Schwartz.- 
Ethel Smith. 
Herb Sorrell. 
John ; Swallow. 
Arthur Ungar. 



Soldier Shows Used 

To Hypo Recruiting 

GI shows, comprised of all-sol- 
dier talent, are now being used to 
help. the Army and Navy's recruiting 
program for WACs, WAVES;. ■., in : 
a number oJf civilian theatres, 

'Soldiers In Greasepaint' revue, 
made up of uniformed boys at Camp . 
Reynolds, Greenville, Pa.-, staged . a 
show: last week at .New Castle to 
mark the opening of the WAC re- 
cruiting program in that area, with 
the signaturing of several hundred 
prospective- recruits during intermis- 
sion attributed, to the spark set off 
by the performance. 
• Revue /has played a' number , of 
other civilian houses, with rococds 
accruing to Army Emergency Relief. 

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U S. Rollcafl I 



RKO Casualties 

Lt. .Courtney .Shrimpton, formerly 
assistant booker in the. RKO ex- 
change in Melbourne, and Staff Ser- 
geant J. P. Kennedy, salesman in the. 
New South Wales branch .'of RKO, 
were last week added to the list of 
RKO war casualties. 

Shrimpton died at a field hospital 
as a result of wounds received in 
New Guinea. Kennedy Is a prisoner 
of the Japanese. 



Call o> the West 

Hollywood, Nov. 9. 

Jackie Copper, screen actor. Navy. . 

Marlyn Chapman, film studio sec- 
retary, WAFS. 

■Julien Olenick, Holly wopcl agent, 
Army. - 



Lt. Lan3lng to Alaska 

First Lt. Larry Lansing, formerly 
with KHJ, Mutual Coast outlet, as- 
signed to the Alaskan Defense Com- 
mand as assistant to Major Jack Hul- 
ford in the enterlalniticnt branch.- 

Lt. Lansing takes over in charge 
of the Armed Forces radio stations 
in Alaska. • ' 



I.t. Lund Off to Holly uorfd 

. . Pittsburgh. Nov. 9. 

Lt. fj.g.) Harold. Lundy former Ross 
Federal Seryicc. ejjeel assigned " to 
Naval Training . Films division 
Hollywood. . 

Howard Minsky, salesman for ,'. 
Seabces. . •• 

Hampden V. FTlchcr. -manager- .o( 
Wjirners' Strand; fn Pai'kcrsburg. W.. 
Va.. army. '- / ■ /-.' . -'. - 

John F. Kchrer, manager of Cnpi- 
tol theatre, navy. 

Godfrey (Duddy) Lofton, PRC. 
salesman; Navy. '■-'".-' - 

' Billy Kramer, son t / 'Harr, 
Kramer, tipped from Yii iooey 
captain: ' . / - . 



N.Y. to 

-. Maurice Bergman. 
..Robert Buckner. 

Jerry Cooper. 

John : Gordon. 

Dorothy Kay. 

Robert Stolz. 



LA. 



Wednesday, November 10, 1943 



P^RMETY 



PICTURES B 







Selznick Plans $2.20 Grind Policy 
Scale for 'Went Away; a Precedent 



David O. Selznick, \is planning to-f 
set the highest picture house scale 
on record for a grind policy for 
'Since You Went Away.' production 
which he is. .now working on. In- 
stead of roadshowing the film, w'hich 
will r-un from three and one-half to 
four hours. Selznick is figuring on a 
$2 20 top in regular key theatres on 
a continuous run basis. 

From accounls, houses In many of 
the key centers across the country 
will shortly be lined up in prepara- 
tion for extended rims. UA distri- 
bution execs, it is understood, recom- 
mended the high-scale grind policy 
as an 'alternative to road showing 
on grounds that this would bring the 
quickest returns on the negative .iiir- 
vestment as well/as likely a bigger 
gross thiin rioni roadshowing. 

Under currcni boom conditions, 
with top product bringing four to five 
capacilv houses daily, depending on 
running lime of the product, most 
inaior disuib execs have been veci> 
iii'g-' mvay 'from- roadshowing where 
only: l«o capacity • audiences can be 
accommodated. 

Aside from slower rental •""returns, 
via roadshowing. the ■..difficulty in 
persuading exhibitors to change from 
established grind policies tempora- 
rily lb -two-a-day. and tjie delays be- 
fore a roadshow picture can be ex- 
hibited again in the same territory 
at grind pi-ices; have been major dc- 
terranls 16 roadshowing. 

Understood that the $2.20 scale on 
'Since You Went Away' was sug- 
gested following showing of the. first 
5,000 feet of the film. Film, with 
budget originally set at. $2,500,000,. is 
likely to conic in at $3,000,000 or 
more. First scheduled for. comple- 
tion in January, -Away' is now slated 
for release- sometime In March. 



JUDGE TO RULE ON 
CONTRACT - TIME OUT' 

Los Angeles, Nov. 9. 
• Olivia de Havilland's suit for -de 
claratory relief from, her contract 
with Warners will be decided within 
a month by Superior Court Judge 
Burnell. 'who will study briefs by 
both side? while Hollywood awaits 
with legal interest. Verdict willde- 
cide whether a studio may extend the 
duration of a. contract to cover the 
time lost by a player under -suspen- 
sion. 

Actress claims her seven-year pact 
■with Warngrs has ended, while the 
.studio contends the agreement has 
six months to run as a result of five 
suspensions caused by Miss de Havil- 
larid's refusal to' play roles assigned 
to her. At the recent hearing the 
Screen Actor Guild was represented 
by an attorney as 'friend of the 
court,' with the explanation that the 
decision would be highly important 
to members' of his organization. 

Jack G. Leo Elected 
Treas. of Natl Screen 

At a special meeting of the board 
.of National Screen Service, Jack ;C. 
Leo was desi Hated treasurer of the 
corporation. 

Leo, one of the pioneers of the. 

icture industry, started with Great- 
er N. Y. Film Rental Co. in 1909 and 
later became identified with Fox 
Film Corp. as one of its chief execu- 
tives, when ii was organized and ab- 
sorbed the Greater New York Film 
Rental Co! in February, 1915. He 
was. with Fox Film successively as 
v.p.. director and treasurer until 
1930, ' resigning at the- reorganiza- 
tion of Fox in 1930. - 

In 1933 Herman' R.obbins! resident 
of NSS, and .formerly associated vyilh" 
Leo in Fox Film, persuaded him to 
accept a special assignment in an 
advisory capacity. Since then Leo 
has become more and more active 
:in National Screen, becoming suc- 
cessively a director, v.p. -and secre- 
tary untir now adding responsibility 
of treasurer, in view of the illness 
of Toby. Gruoii. and the necessity for 
lotler's withdrawal from active ditty. 



Larcenous. 40's 

Hollywood, Nov. 9. ■ 
New film titles indicate a cycle 
of dramatic larceny in gangs - 
of 40. 

Harry Sherman is producing 
'40 Thieves,' Universal is prepar- 
ing 'All Baba and the 40 Thieves' 
and Republic is coming put with 
'Port of 40 Thieves.' 






D.J. STALLS 



Fox-West Coast Cancels Theatre Deal 
To Avoid Run-in With Government 



Modified Dimout 
Satisfies Exhibs 



Boston. Nov. 9. 
Although the lifting of the dimout 
has snapped on the lights of the city 
to the extent that the dazzle along 
the rialto is blinding, theatres and 
movie houses have been placed 
under a 'voluntary code' to burn 
their lights as short a time as pos- 
sible.. 

The code, applicable as well to 
ri'iteries. hotels, department, stores, 
and ail other places employing bril- 
liant display, eliminates all outdoor 
electric, lights but traffic signals dur- 
ing the daylight, and limits all but 
movie theatres and legit houses to 
two hours of exterior lighting. The 
latter are allowed a couple of extra 
hours until about nine o'clock, and 
■ I ii no case later than 10 v m. The- 
atres have got together to make 
their own code uniform. 

All . have been advised to reduce 
the wattage sizes of their lamps and 
to reduce the level of air condition- 
ing as' well as temperature and hu- 
midity. A WPB 'suggestion,' the 
'code' has not. at the moment, any 
teeth. None, however, are felt to be 
needed as the managers are in. most 
cases only too happy to comply. 
Their real worry is the heating situ- 
ation springing from the shortage of 
coal. 

The season has been mild so far. 
but reserve stocks of coal are nil 
here, and the sudden (and possible) 
appearance of a severe cold spell 
would reduce them to an. even nil- 
ler slate. Most of the downtown pix 
houses are served by Edison heat, 
and they figure to stand or fall with 
(Continued on page 28) 



ROGERS' NEW SETUP 
FOR MUSICAL FILMS 

Sacramento. Nov. 9. 

Articles were nled here for the in- 
corporation of Filmusical Produc- 
tions, with Charles R. Rogers as 
president and treasurer and Joseph 
Tushinsky as v.p. 

New company will make two mu- 
sical pictures annually, starting with 
'My. Wild Irish Rose.' Move will not 
affect Rogers' current status as a 
producer for United Artists. 



Opposition to proposals for a freeze 
on chains, combined with arbitration 
of run, is reported In trade circles as 
the major obstacle to an agreement 
among the consent decree companies 
which would pave the way towards; 
an adjustment of differences with the 
Department of Justice. Wide gulf re- 
mains to be bridged on this point, be- 
tween decree company proposals, and 
Department of Justice demands, with 
result that the concessions proffered 
last week b>' deoree company reps 
have so far been dismissed as inade- 
quate. 

Department of Justice is insisting 
that producer t distributor chains 
agree to obtain; approval from; the 
federal courts before adding new 
theatres, instead of first: acquiring 
houses and then seeking court ap- 
proval. Industry execs see -in such 
a move a virtual freeze oh chain 
holdings. ".' j 

: In view of the arbitration of run 
plan such a freeze on.circuit holdings 
would make it possible for indc 
pendent operators building new thea- 
tres after the war to demand runs 
ahead, of circuit houses: even in key 
situations on representations of 
newer and/or larger theatres in con 
junction with a readiness to equal or 
top admission scales in the circuit 
houses. Thus, over a period of time 
independently operated houses could 
conceivably whittle- down predomi 
nance of circuits in many centers. 
Such, at any rate, are views. Held in 
major company circles. 

While some of the consent com- 
panies were inclined to view favor- 
ably concessions involving dissolu- 
tion of theatre pools and limited film 
cancellation privileges, none were re- 
ported ready to accept a freeze on any 
and all theatre acquisitions; combined, 
with arbitration of run! 

Need Court Consent 

Under the freeze plan circuits 
would be permitted only to remodel 
or replace theatres without prior ap- 
proval from the courts. 

Reported, however, that opinion 
among consent decree company execs 
was divided on the extent of the con- 
cessions to be initially offered to the 
Department of Justice as a means of 
averting legal action by the Govern- 
ment looking to divorcement of thea T 
tie holdings. 

Some decree company execs held 
that the concessions, which were to 
be offered did not go far enough and 
were unlikely to be accepted, a view 
which was borne out in later devel- 
opments. This view was reported 
held before the consent decree'eom- 
panies took to Washington the pro- 
continued on page 4Cj 



Time Out for Babies 

Holly.woud'.'Now 9. 

Production of .'The /Doily Sis- 
ters' at.20th-Fox is likely to be 
shelved until Alice Fays and!. 
Betty ' rnble have had their 
babies. \vo originally were set 
for top spots in the picture, but 
further casting was halted due 
to .the' impending motherhoods.' 

Studio for.'a time figured on 
other players for the two roles 
but ran into a scarcity of avail- 
able name talent. 





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Par's 2,700-Acre Ranch 
Goes on Auction Block 

Hollywood, Nov. 9. 
Rancho Paramount, 2,700-acre tract 
near.Calabasas, goes on the auction 
block Nov. 22, without reservations, 
except that the stii io retains the 
right to use the street set and build- 
ings at ' a .nominal rental for five 
years. 

Paramount bought the property 20 
■years ago for about $450,000 and re- 
cently spent $(50,000 rebuilding the 
western street set. Ranch also con-, 
tains various shed.s and buildings to 
house stagecoaches! trucks and olhei- 
sludio props.. 



FADIMAN BACK WEST 

William J Fadininn,. Metro'- 'sci? 
nario editor currently in N. Y.. is. 
; scheduled to return to Hollywood 
I next weekend 1 19 >. 
■ He.'s o.o'irii; filcrary material while 



Minneapolis, i. \ 9. 

There's a rush of film buying by 
Twin City, independents and out-of- 
town exhibitors, istributors here 
claim. They attribute it to a restrict-' 
ed Hollywood, output, aiid hopes for 
continuing .good- theatre business. 

Although the Minheapolis-Sl. Paul 
selling season isn't in full blast yet. 
Metro, already has closed with four 
large* independent circuits, here. They! 
are those of W. R, Frank,' Eddie 
Ruben, Bonnie Berger and Ben. 
Friedman. Other contracts also, have 
been inked, it's staled. . 

M-G deals for; the Twin City inde- 
pendents include a number of per- 
centage pictures, as usual, despite the 
continued opposition to and ciamor 
against all' sharing films. Most of 
the other major distributors also will 
demand percentage for certain of 
their releases, in the Twin City area 
and present indications are that, the 
boys will have to take the deals and 
like them. 



Hollywood. Nov. , . 
■-West Coast- has called off ' 
proposed deal to lease the Cartlv .. 
Circle theatre to RKO. rather th; 
risk the. .'displeasure -of' the Derail- 
ment of. Justice, which has its own 
ideas about complicated pooling , 
trading of houses oniong filni cir- 
cuits. RKO had printed tickets an.l 
.stationery -for the operation of th . 
theatre when the home office law- 
yers sent word that the deal had 
been cancelled. 

Originally Fox -West Coast bought 
the Carthay with the intention of" 
leasing it to RKO as an addition to 
that company's first run setup, cur- 
rently consisting, of the -Pan luges and 
Hillxlrc.ct. In return. , it is underr 
stood, several RKO. Universal and 
Columbia features, held as backlog 
for. Pantajjes-Hillstreet first - runs, ' 
were to be. released, to F-WC tor it ■< 
hew first, run combination -consisting, 
of- .the Egyptian, Ritz and Los! An- 
geles.. Another phase of the deal 
was a reported arrangement by 
which Rodney Pantagcs Vould-'cut 
F-WC into his proposed new theatre 
i iv. the Wilshire district. That part 
of the transaction was automatically 
shelved when war! stopped theatre 
construction, A new theatre in that 
neighborhood would have provided 
serious /competition for five . F-WC 
houses. 

As a result of the dropping 6f the 
CarLhay transfer, that house will be-'- 
used by F-WC as : a .first run until 
roadshows become available ; for 
booking there. First will be the 20lli- 
Fox production, 'Song! otBei hadeltc,* 
slated to open around the Christmas 
holidays. In the- offing arc three 
other- pictures of roadshow calibre, 
Paramount's The Story of Dr. Was-- 
sell' and Metro's 'America.' 



HOOT GIBSON SETS OWN 
UNIT FOR 4 PER YEAR 

Hollywood, Npv. 9. 

Hoot Gibson, cowboy star,' is ■ or- 
ganizing his own production unit to 
make a minimum of four westerns 
a year for a major release still un- 
specified. 

Pictures "will be based on. the W. 
C. Tuttle series' of Hash-Knife nov- 
els, for which- Gibson has bought the 
screen rights. 



Distribs Hold Up Repeat Bookings 
To Move New *A ! Product, Reissues 



Repeat book-in . which have in- 
creased tremendously since the war 
began, and have resulted in thou- 
sands of ■ engagements during the 
past year. 'including -oh pictures that 
have been brought back almost im- 
mediately on top of 'last runs.' may 
become a. thing of the past. 

In exhibitor circles, where-, it. is 
claimed some distributors are tight- 
ening the reins on repeat bookings, 
Ihe theory is that this type of busi- 
ness' may go by the- boards, despite 
added revenue to distribs. .because 
of 'desire to force , such deals arid 
move new product, in which -heavy 
investments are. involved. Reissues; 
of! which there are numerous . this 
season, further bottle up playdates 
on new. pictures. 

While it is ''charged that same of. 
the distribs are becoming reluctant 
in permit the re-booking of pictures 
after - they -have once played a given 
territory, in sales circles . it - is 
claimed, that if there's a print avail- 
able, the local exchange wi!'. discuss 
bi.'-i i :(;-.-. Pointc l out. however, that 
ii' n,o>i case- picture-- are ' with- 
<\-i\:> : \ Ii'j!:. I' '•. I'Vii ':(•: af'v l.ui' - 
Veil's av.'Ji l!;t-. ii:: 1 - lak./!. out of l 



vaults in order to 'make room for 
new ones. . 

The distribution head of one of 
the major companies, who points out 
that prints are pretty, well used up 
after being played Out., pooh-poohs 
the value of repeat bookings by say- 
ing that the weekly revenue on. this 
new business amounts to less- than. 
$1,000. It may- be much more for 
other distributors. . 

While in former years a handful 
of exhibitors would now and then 
dig -up.oldies for repeat runs, of late 
numerous theatres have been bring- 
ing them back within less than , two 
months' time, In other "-cases',, var.i 
ous theatres are -picking-' up repeals 
on pictures that their opposition had 
previously played at an carly date 

' The matter of repeat bookings and 
the charge that some companies arc 
refusing to' allow re-booking of films 
previously played will be taken up 
by ihe National Caravan- Committee 
of Allied Stall's Assn. at a meeting 
in Milwaukee next Monday and 
Tuesday ' lfi-l(; <. . M. A. Rosenberg, 
prc.-idcnl of Allied Slates.: declines 
to- iiinplily the .statement other, than- 
tliav oirn: eiMUpiiiii.e-- arc .rritising In 
>c\i repi'iii icluivs 



CLARENCE BROWN TO DO 
R00NEY PIC FOR METRO 

Hollywood, Nov. 9. 

First director job by Clarence 
Brbivn under his new contract at 
Metro will be 'National Velvet,' a 
talc of British horse racin . starring 
Mickey Rooney. 

Brown recently decided to remai 
on the Culver City lot after inii-. 
mating that he was moving to In- 
ternational Pictures as .-•••producer-, 
director. 



Oboler East to Stage 
Plays, Audition Airer 

Hollywood. Nov. 9. 
Arch Oboler left for New York 
yesterday (Mon.) to. discuss with tho 
Theatre Guild, Max Gordon and Her- 
man Shumlin the staging of two dra- 
mas he has written. 

While cast he'll also do a special 
audition of .a new dramatic radio 
show for Mckesson-Robbins. On his 
'return to the Coast in two weeks 
he'll write and produce a ■ special 
broadcast over the Blue network 
dramatizing 'the credo recently 
adopted by the Writers Congress. 
James Hilton, Mary McC'all. Jr.. 
prexy of Screen Writers Guild! and 
Ralph Freud, professor pt dranr.i at 
University of California at Los An- 
geles .will appear as actors. Earl 
Robinson is writing a special score 
tor the broadcast, 



Mebbe Likes Acting Better 

; .Hollywood, Nov. 

Albert Coales plays himself as 
symphony , conductor in 'Two Sis- • 
tors and a' Sailor,' his second actin 
job on the Metro lot. 

His first appearance as a film thesili 
was in 'Song of Russia,' where ho 
was - signed to collaborate 'on the 
■sor<: and wound up in a concert 
pianist rplc. . 



The Navy's Waiting 

"Hollywood. : 'l<\ . 9. 
\r.\ Liinfield di ii'.vs llie dire'.-'.ur . 
I ;i - rt on Paraniounl's l>)itli(:nii'.iiig 
n' .isicul. 'Bring On the Girl-.: with a- 
Navy, back-irounrl. - 

Vim oiijca Lake. E-ldii.' i ackcu an 
fJi<-!: Powell w.illi)i- co-^l^V-. 



PICTURES 



Wednesday^ November 10, 19'lft 



Exhibs Plan Carrying New Tax Plan 
To Senate Finance Committee; Even 
20% Proposal Figured Demoralizing 



Apparently convinced that they> 
won't get. any additional concessions 
'from: the. House Ways and Means 
'•Committee;, exhibitor representa- 
tives; combating a further increase 
in the picture theatre admission tax 
from present 10' V plan carrying the 
fight to the Senate Finance Com- 
mittee. While gratified that! the 
House Committee lowered the pro- 
posed new amusement tax from 30'.'I 
to ,20''; , exhibs were disappointed 
that /it - was, not; lower. Exhibitor 
group on proposed tax feels there 
should be no increase. 

The exhibitors' contention is that 
even . 20 r ;, admittance . ieyy' ' too 
high; especially .'since film thealfes 
have many other taxes! 

Exhibitor spokesmen .point out that 
in many spots the film theatre is the' 
. sole ariiusemerit available; that the 
picture exhibitors have been untir- 
ing in .building' homefrprit morale, 
aiding the-governmcnt in many ways 
besides the bond drives, etc., with- 
out any compensation. Yet the cur- 
rent yen- is to place the film theatre 
in the -tattie ■ category as luxuries, 
they feel. 

, The exhibitor hopes to: press home 
the. point that any considerable ad- 
mifsi'on -tax.' boost will result in 
shuttering hundreds of cinemas. 
They will contend a heavy ad- 
mittance, tax will sock the .smalltown' 
exhib who' has found it difficult to 
stay open even under the. current lc 
per.. 10c ticket levy. 

•• Effects 10 States 
. This threat to drive the small, ex- 
hib out of business is particularly 
true in the- 10 states \yhich. already 
have 'late taxes on admissions. II 
the 2c per each 10c or fraction: 
thereof,, is voted as the Federal tax, 
It will, mean that exhibitors in both 
Mississippi and Kentucky will have 
to get 3c for every 10c admittance 
fee since these two- states have, their , 
own 10% tax ori admissions.' Fore- 
cast is that a 20';- Federal tax is 
likely to be felt severely in these . 
states because of the countless small 
exhibs operating there. '.'--.'. 

However, it also would be felt in 
Ohio, South Dakota and Tennessee, 
where- there is. a 3%: tax, in Ala- 
bama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, 
, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, :New Mexico, 
North Dakota, Oklahoma,' Utah, and 
Wyoming, where there is a 2% tax; 
Indiana and Maryland, where the 
'tax is 1% and in Washington-state 
where, many cities have admission 
taxes. In Washington, .the state tax 
law recently was supplanted by the 
city taxation: ' 

Aside from threatening to close 
many film houses, exhibitors plan to 
cite, what any increase in the Fed- 
eral levy will do to patronage and, 
in the long run. revenue to be. ob- 
tained supposedly from increased 
admittance levy, -They envision 15c 
admission houses likely fcbing t o 20c 
the 25c theatre going, to 35c and the 
75c house lifting- its price to 95c. 

Exhibs point' out ■ that the tax 
works out oh uneven admissions in 
such a way that it places a heavier 
. .tax on low -admissions than on high- 
er ones. Thus on a 15c admission, 
the tax would be 4c or about 27% 
'while. on 75c admission it would be 
16c or a bit over 21%. 



Plan to Avert Danger 
Vs. Deliveries of Rim 
In Winter Emergency 

Threatened with a breakdown- in 
the handling of film, deliveries .this 
coming winter, representatives of 
distributors, exhibitors and carriers 
met last Thursday (4) with reprc-. 
senlatives of the War Activities 
Committee of the New, York ex- 
change area to formulate plans Xpr 
meeting any likely emergency. 
■,' Due to gasoline add tire shortage, 
two deliveries weekly were cut' last 
year following meetings with of- 
ficials of the Office, of' Defense 
Transportation. .Further reduction 
in deliveries, It is contended, would 
complicate an already serious probr 
lem of picking up film. In many 
cases,, jt is reported, -playdates have 
been missed. '■•;.. ' . 

.. Following the 'meeting . a commit- 
tee was appointed ' survey de- 
livery possibilities,':. group in- 
cluding H..M. Richey. Harry Brandt, 
Irving Dollinger, Robert Wolff and' 
Ralph Pielow. 

: Not.;only are film salesmen and 
delivery services seriously affected 
by a new cut- in tire rationing, but 
it's feared in some circles that „the 
acute shortage of rubber, which has 
resulted • in reductions to consumers, 
may. have an adverse effect' on. the 
boxoffice through further curtail- 
ment . ih passenger car • usage; The 
Office of Price Administration has 
dropped the November quota 30 '» 
on new truck tires -and Wi. below 
former availability On tires- for pas- 
senger vehicles.. •. 



Warners Loaded, 10 Pix 
Swarm Over 20 



Stages 



Hollywood, Nov. 9. 

With 20 .of its 22 stages . occupied, 
Warhers will be busier in . the next 
two weeks than at any previous time 
this year. Six features currently in 
Works, are 'Cinderella . Jones;' 'Pas- 
sage to_Marseille,' 'Mr. Skeffington/ 
"Rhapsody in lue,' 'Outward BoundV 
and 'One More Tomorrow.'- 

Coming up ' are 'The Horn Blows 
at Midnight,' 'Make Yptir Own Bed,' 
'My Reputation' arid ; 'Hollywood 
Canteen.' '-'' 



Wyman, Carson Repeat 

, ; Hollywood, .Nov. 9.' 
Jane Wyman and Jack Carson, re- 
• cently in 'Princess O'Rourke' at War- 
ners, have been assigned as co-stars 
in a boudoir comedy, 'Make Your 
. Own Bed.' 
"Alex Gottlieb produces and Peter 
Godfrey will direct the pair for the 
second time. Filming starts when 
Godfrey washes up ' his current 
Chore, 'One More Tomorrow.'' 




Hollywood,' -Nov. 9. 

Lynn Malone,- nitery ' dancer, 
signed by .Universal. . 

Marcy McGuire's minor contract 
with RKO approved, by court. 
• Janice! Carter drew player ticket 
at Columbia. 

Beverly Loyd inked player pact 
at Republic. 

Shirley O'Hara's minor contract 
with Metro okayed' by CpTjrt. : ' ; .''. 

Glenn Vernon inked actor ticket 
at RKO. 

' John Ireland, Broadway actor, op- 
tioned- by International Pictures 
pendinga screen lest. 

Jerry Cooper, radio singer, si ned 
by Monogram:' 

Joseph Kaiie's prbducer-dive.ctor 
option picked up by Republic. .1^ 

Waily Vernon's option lifted' by 
Republic. 

Mary; May Dodson signed as cos- 
tume designer by Paramount. 

Robert : Alda's p lay e r option picked 
up 'by Warners. . 

M. K. Jerome renewed as com- 
poser at Warners. 



COL CAPRA BACK WITH 
MORE WAR PICTURES 

Washington, Nov. 9. 

Ltv Col. Frank Capra arrived herfe 
from' England. Monday (8) but. ex 
plained he would be unable to talk 
about his recent activities abroad 
until he reported to his superiors in 
Army Pictorial. Capra brought back 
a rough- cut of Tunisian battle, films 
made by his outfit and British cam- 
era crews on a cooperative basis. 

■The film is slated to be shown in 
the next few days to Gen. George C. 
Marshall, chief of staff, and Secre- 
tary of War Henry L. Stimspn after 
Which it will be reviewed by other 
Army biggies. After these showings 
the reels will be reedited for release 
to the public. 

•Manner of release is not yet de- 
cided although talk is that British 
interests which combined . in shootr 
ing and cutting the film might 
handle the project as a commercial 
release in this country through one 
of the major companies. A separate 
sound ; track must be joined before 
release in about a month. 



InrM Headway 
In Non-Dual NW 



MiiVncapolis, Nov.- 9. .,- 
In consequence of , the product 
jam due to the numerous extended 
loop first-runs and also because of 
the curtailed major Hollywood out- 
put, so-called independent distribii- 
iprs. including. Republic and Mono- 
gram are getting their first real 
break from Twin: City independent 
exhibitors', ' the Paramount 'cirtuit 
and. even oiit-oMown indie theeatre 
owners.' They're really getting their , 
product played in Minneapolis and 
St. Paul and through the territory. 

The f act' that' this is 'not a. 'double 
feature territory' has made the going 
'tough for the indie distributors up to 
this lime. Twin City indies,: refusing 
to, give them a lifting hand, passed 
up.'the product almost entirely. When 
they did buy an individual picture 
it usually was for 'peanuts.' Now 
.they're hot only buying indie pic- ; 
tures, but also paying a greatly in- 
creased price for them. 

Several Republic pictures even' 
have played, the Paramount circuit 
loop World and Gopher, first-run 
houses, recently. The indie prod- 
uct is being played- regularly in the 
Aster',' the only downtown first-run 
dual feature house: An improve- 
ment in the product's quality also, of 
course, helps to explain the expand- 
ing demand fbi- it. 

. For example, no less than 20'Twin 
City independent houses, have made 
deals for Republic's Roy Rogers re- 
leases. In a number of instances 
th'eyVe been getting Friday, Satur- 
day, and ' Sunday-Monday dates.' 
Hitherto, excepting for- rare, iso- 
lated cases, these theatres never gave 
a nod to independent 'westerns.' 



Sister Kenny's Reasons 
For Roz Russell Choice 

Minneapolis, Nov. 9. : . 

One of the reasons why Sister 
Elizabeth Kenny, Australian . nurse, 
chose -Rosalind Russell to portray 
her on the screen in the forthcoming 
RKO picture, 'Elizabeth Kenny.' is 
because the latter 'never- has been/ 
divorced.' 

Sister Kenny so. . informed Mjss 
Russell when she and Mary Mc-- 
■Carthy, script writer, came here to 
study first-hand the discoverer : of 
the . revolutionary polio treatment 
and her local clinic Before Sister 
Kenny consented to the, film she 
stipulated she herself must select the 
star and that the latter couldn't; be 
a divorcee. , 

Miss McCarthy told the' press (hat. 
the picture 'will not be a dull, doeu-' 
mentary story of just polio and sci- 
ence, but a rollicking Ipve story as 
well.' But, she added, it will be 'the 
real Kenny and. entire Kenny polio 
treatment will be in the. script,' \ 

In ah interview, Miss Russell said 
she's 'thrilled' to play the title role 
and' that she considers Sister'. Kenny 
and. . Madame Chiang , ' Kai-Shek 
'about the two. greatest women in 
the world.' She has. been interested 
in crippled children for many years 
herself, she said. 

Dean Mainwaring,. ■-. RKO studio 
representative, also- was. here with 
the Russell party. 



Soviets' Stake in B'way 
Play Stalls Pic Deal 

Question involving- power of at 
lorney is holding up the signaturing 
of the pact in Columbia Pictures' 
purchase of the film rights to the 
Russian war play, 'Counter-Attack.' 
Play, 'which had a short run on 
Broadway last scasoii, was- purchased 
for $20,000. ' It was. written by Philip 
and Janet- Stevenson but ' was' based 
on an original script by two Soviet 
playwrights. Elia Vershinin and 
Mikhiel Ruderman. . ■ 

Because the latter share in the pic- 
ture sale profits, however, the com- 
pletion of negotiations has been held 
up pending determination as to; 
whether the Soviet Artists and Writ- 
ers League, handling the transaction 
has'the right to guarantee title.. : . 



Dirty Work on Alcan 

, ; . Hollywood, Ni)v. 9. . 

. First cliffhanger. to be, based on the 
new Alcan Highway will' be 'The 
Great Alaska Mystery,' to be pro- 
duced -by .Henry .MoA.ae-.at Universal; 

George Plyrtipton is scripting the 
chapter play- for a' late November 
start and ah early January release. 

Hard on the Guest 

Hollywood, Nov.: 9. 
: Columbia assigned Lew Landers to 
direct, the haywire . mystery, yarn, 
'the Wedding Guest Sat on a Stone.' 

Filming: starts 'this week with 
Janis Carter and Arthur Lake in the 
top roles. 



Despite Hearst Blast Vs. Goldwyn's 
'North Star' Dual B'way Preem Terrif 



Writer Shows M-G 
Producer 

Ptsbg. Local Color 

Pittsburgh, Nov. 9. / 
Although she ha6 no connection 
whatsoever with the "screen version 
of her novel, 'Valley ; of Decision,' 
having sold' it outright to Metro for 
$75,000 with no strings attached,. 
Marcia Davenport nevertheless ac- 
companied Edwin' Knopf, M-G pro- 
ducer, who will make, the. picture, to 
Pittsburgh . for. two days last "week' 
and helped him soak up local color. 

Mrs; Davenpoyt,, who 'laid her 
book in Smdky City; where she once 
lived for couple of years arid later: 
re-visited, for extensive research 
While writing the tome, took Knopf 
on a personally conducted tour of all 
the places she wrote about, the steel 
mills, the blast furnaces and the old 
section of the Northside' which -once 
was dotted with the costly home.-; of 
the steelmasters. . Author, who pres- 
ently is under- contract to Para- 
mount to turn put an original story, 
said her' chore, for. Knopf was a labor 
of love. 

Latter said George Cukor would 
direct; the movie, but that nobody 
aside from. Greer. Garson had been 
cast ;for it yet. Picture will go into 
production in January. uring their 
stay here, Mrs. Davenport and Knopf 
were hosted at a cocktail party by 
John Malpney, district sales mana- 
ger, and. By rou Stoiier, branch man'-' 
ager in Pittsburgh for Metro. ' 



•f . Newspaper attacks against Samuel 
Goldwyn's 'the North Star,' perhaps 
surpassiiig in intensity those, 
launched' against .Warners' 'Mission 
to Moscow,! which are also based on 
political opposition, .are- In the mak- 
ing. 'Star', ran into 'tough newspaper 
criticism following - the New ' Ydrk 
opening at the Victoria and Palace ' 
theatres last. Thursday (4), with the 
most' violent opposition brewing in, . 
the Hearst: publications as the pub- 
lisher reportedly issued orders to ail 
his editors that he wanted the film 
.referred to as 'Bolshevist propagan- 
da.'^ 

In case of 'Moscow,' film with more 
limited appeal than 'Star,' wide- 
spread controversy in the public 
prints served largely ' to stimulate 
boxoffice grosses in many, key situa- 
tions. In case of 'Citizen Kane/ 
Hearst opposition alonje' resulted in. 
shelving the film in niany key situa- 
tions', partly because of a report that 
the publisher: intended to take the 
matter into, the courts. Fox West 
Coast .Theatres, for one, bought 
'Kane' in- a- group of five-. from RKO 
and shelved it.' ; - 

■•Star.' despite or because of. its con- 
troversial aspects, i opened very 
strong at the Victoria and Palace 
theatres,- with the: first .weekVgross 
for.: the former, a small-sealer, esti- 
mated-. 1 i kely to' Wit $16,000 on" a - two- 
a-day policy, while the !Palace will- 
gross $40,000 pr\ciose on a grind dur- •; 
ing the first week. ■' I 
-. N: Y. Times and Herald Tribune 
gave /Star' a favorable sendpfl, while 
s N. Y. dailies panned it on 
grounds that the producer, and au- 
thor allowed entertainment qualities 
to be submerged by the propaganda 
motif. ■ N.. Y. News review claimed 
that native Russian films do a belter 
job along propagarida-crtterlainmcnt 
lines. 

; The. N.- V. Mirror and N.-Y, Jour- 
nal paDiied the picture While the 
World-Telegram; Post; Cue, News- 
week and Life were very favorable; 
Time mag gave the film a semi-fav- 
orable review. 

Toss Out Quinn Rcvjew ; 
Meantime, over r,500,000. copies of 
(he Sunday Mirror magazine section, 
carrying a - rave review by Frank 
Quinn, staff reviewer, were run. off 
and distributed nationally last Tues- 
day 12) ■ before the presses, were 
stopped and Quinn's' review tossed 
out to make way for a notice by Jack 
Lait,, the Mirror's editor, which ap- . 
pears in the remaining issues of the ; 
current Sunday -Mirror. 

Quinn called 'Star' an 'outstand- 
ing, picture achievement and vivid 
ivSr drama.' According to John T. 
McManus, PM writer, the stop-press 
order followed receipt at the Mirror 
office- late Monday (1) night of a 
'.ypical Hearst order .'to all editors 
informing them, in substance, that 
'the Chief wanted the film described 



PARTINGTON SEES R0XY 
IN 14-PIX-PER-YR. CLASS 

Predicting ah 'uninlerrupted con- 
tinuance of top business" which, he 
disclosed, will put the Roxy, N. Y., 
in the' l4-pix-a-year; class for 1943; 
a new low for the 20lh-Fox show- 
case, Jack A. Partington, who with 
A. J. Balabari has been operating the 
house for the past year, relumed 
from a month's visit to the Coast on 
Saturday (6J with a film and stage 
show! lineup- extending into next 
February. 

■Roxy's'. Xmas-New Year's show, 
opening on Dec. 15 following a four^ 
week ; Stay for 'Guadalcanal Diary.' 
and the. Ritz Bros. ,slage bill; which 
begins next Wednesday (17), will be 
2Qth's fllmusical 'The Gang's All 
.Here,' with an all-star layout. Jimmy 
Dorsey will lop the stage bill. Show 
will be in for four weeks and will 
be followed by the MacKinlay Kan- 
tor novel fllmization. 'Happy Land,' 
with Phil Baker on the stage.. 

.'The Lodger.' based oil Ihe Mary 
Belloc Lowndes novel, comes in next 

for four weeks', with Harry Richman „ • . 

pacted lo head the stage show. Thc| ™Ll??JZ*% 



Betty Grable starrer, 'Pin Up Girl' 
follows, although the stage bill is 
still to. be set, with 'Buffalo Bill' and 
Alfred Hitchcock's 'Lifeboat'' pro- 
duclion slated next, though' sequence 
on. latter two may be switched.- 

Paraphrasing Bob O'Donnell's 
crack that 'we're going through an 
era when there's a dearth of bad 
pix,' Partington pointed out that 
with the loss' of the Powers, Gables, 
etc., the' studips are turning out their 
best product because 'they're getting 
down to work and no longer basking 
in the sun and -resting on the laurels 
of big names.' 



Fake Film Racketeer 
Covered Lotsa Ground 

Boston, Nov. 9. 
Hub police believed they iiave at 
least caught up with one of the per- 
petrator's of a fake 'film fame' racket 
Which has yicitim.izcd a number of 
people here when Fred B. Barron. 
29, of Los Angeles, was arrested at 
Syracuse, N. Y. 

' Barron had allegedly promised lu- 
crative Hollywood roles to yoiing 
actresses and talented children as a 
'talent scout,' charging ' anywhere 
from $20 to $200- for 'screen tests,: 
According to complainants, the film 
projected was to-be called 'God Bless 
America.' Also according to cbrn- 
plainants, the camera proved to be 
Aimless. '. 

Admitting his- -Identity when ar- . _ 

rested, Barron fought.; extradition 1 land in prison 



propaganda and that it could not be 
worse if it had been paid for by 
Stalin. The order was signed by J. 
Willicombe, Hearst private secretary 
arid aide-de-camp. The order went 
on to say that editors were to pay 
no attention to requests from Gold- 
wyn or his representatives for favor- 
able criticism of the film.' 

McManus reported thar>Lait said 
he dictated a substitute review to a 
stenographer last Tuesday " (2). after 
reading and not agreeing with the 
Quinn review, sending his version. to 
the Sunday editor. Lait, McManus 
stated, said he had missed reading 
the i Quinn) review, before the maga- 
zine section went to press because 'I ■ 
can't read all the copy that goes into 
th : paper' and further because: the 
Quinn review and layout had been 
prepared in his absence.-. 'Lait had 
been: .in Hollywood, returning Oct.. 
10. He denied seeing Hearst's orders 
relating to the film. 
. In contrast' to Frank Quinn's com- 
ment in' the' Sunday Mirror that 
'Star'' was 'the, outstanding ciiierna 
effort dealing with any one phase of 
the global, conflict,' the subsequent 
review in the final 300,000. ies of 
the Sunday -Mirror- wound up with 
the comment that, 'if "The North 
Star' were a panegyric, on pU r Con- 
stitution, our Bill : of Rights; pur non- 
aggression principle, -our basic phil- 
osphy of free enterprise.. > . and- Mr. 
Goldwyn offered to present that in : 
two of the leading theatres in Mos- 
cow . . . the film would land in the 
"!-':;-;-e can and Mr. Goldwyn would 



arid was remanded to Onondaga 
<N. Y.) penitentiary. He is, accord- 
ing to police, one of a- trio of pro- 
moters which worked Boston. 



i c:- \.yn is continuing his display 
-advert. 'sing in the Hearst dailies, re- 
grrdless -c.f reactions,, as with the 
other papers. 



Wednesday, November 10, 1948 



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Wednesday* November 10, 1943 P ffitlETY 




CENTURY- FOX presents its product line-up to the 
showmen of the nation! Far more forceful than 
any claim are the facts on the pages that follow! 
The titles — the stars — the production values — 
the pre-selling that has gone back of attractions 
already completed or delivered — these are token 
of 20th's intent to surpass its own proud record of 
the past! Never have there been hits conceived and 
produced with such inspiration — never any pictures 
with so mighty a prestige and profit-potentiality — 
never in the history of our industry, so many 
great attractions from one company ! 



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'—tolling up records that climax Jhe 



toast -to -coast reports of unprece- 

"CLAUDIA" with DOROTHY Mc.GUIfE • ROBERT YOUNG • INA ClAIRE 
c/finfCcf QrOSSBS GDC/ hold'OVerS' I Reginald Gardiner • Olgo Baclanoyo • Directed by EDMUND GOUlDlNG 

' Produced by WILUAM PERIBERG • Wi!!ian) Goetz in Charge ol Producli 

Adapted for the Screen by Morrie Ryskind • From the Ploy by Rose Franken 
! as Produced (or the Stage by John Golden . 



Wednesday, November 10, 1943 



P^RtETY 



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SOCK HIT! Rocket- 
ing records to, new 
all-time highs in every 
city of every size— and 
zooming into extended 
playing time! 



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SONJA HENIE • JACK OAKIE • CESAR ROMERO • CAROLE LANDIS in "WINTERTIME" 
with 5. Z. Sakall • Cornel Wilde • WOODY HERMAN and his Orchestra • Directed by. 
JOHN BRAHM • Produced by WILLIAM LE BA1?ON • Screen Ploy by E. Edwin Moran and 
Jack Jevne and Lynn Starling • Story by Arthur Kober • lyrics and Music: "I Like It Here," 
"Dancing In The Dawn" (Of A New Day), "Later Tonight," "Wintertime," "I'm All A-Twitler 
Over You," "We Always Get Our Girl" by Leo Robin and Nacio Herb Brown • Musical 
Sequences: Supervised by Fanchon • Staged by Kenny Willioms 




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BETTY BSABLE 



&DOLPHE MENJOU 




Smashing Records Over the entire 
country . . . and the new boxoffice 
champion at New York's Roxy! 



PETTY GRABLE . ROBERT YOUNG • ADOlPHE MENJOU in "SWEET" 
p OSIE O'GRADY" in Technicolor ond Reginold Gardiner. • Virginia Grey 
Phil Regon • Sig Ruman . Alon Dinehort • Hobort Cavandugh • Fronk 
Onh . Jonathan Hole • Directed by IRVING CUMMINGS • Produced 
. by WILLIAM PERLBERG '• Screen Play by Ken England - Bosed on Stories 
by Will iam Ri Lipmon and Frederick Stephani ond.Edword Von Every 
Williom Goetz in Charge of Production • Lyrics ond Music- "My Heor: 
Tells Me," "Goin' To The Country. Fnir," "The Wishing Wollz," "My Sam" 
by Mack Gordon ond Horry Warren • Dances Staged by Hermes Pon 
Musical Numbers Supervised by Fonchon • Song "Sweet Pojie O'Grody' 
by Moude Nuqenl 



WrdiH'xriuy, November 10, 1913 



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CHEERS . . . from the heart of 
America for the men of Guadal- 
canal! They could laugh with 
the odds against tliem . • . and 
turn the tide toward Victory! 





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Rlchord TregasV.is' "GUADALCANAL DIARY" with PRESTON FOSTER • LLOYD 
NOLAN • WIUlAM BENDIX -•. RICHARD CONTE • ANTHONY QUINN and 
Rlchord Joeckel • Roy Roberis • Minor Walson • Rolph Byrd • lione I Slander 
Reed Hadley • John Archer - Dirtied by LEWIS SEILER • Produced by BRYAN 
FOY • William Goelz in Charge of Production • Associoie Producer Islin A'usler 
Screen Ploy by lamor Trolii • Adoplation by Jerry Cody 



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100,000 books sold! Book oj -the- Month! 100 news- 
papers ran Picture Strip Serialization ...25,000,000 
reader circulation! Watch thai great World Premiere 
in Philadelphia ... it will make showmanship and 
boxojfice history! 



Wednesday, November 10, 1913 



If I HAD BUT ONE GIFT THAT I COULD GIVE 
TO EVERYONE IN THIS LAND, HIGH OR LOW, RICH 
OR POOR, MILITARY OR CIVILIAN, IT WOULD BE..." 




Wednesday » November 10, 1913 



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ALICE FAYE • CARMEN MIRANDA • PHIL BAKER • The King of Swing BENNY GOODMAN 
and His Orchestra in "THE GANG'S ALL HERE" in Technicolor with Cbgene Palleltt • Charlotte 
Greenwood • Edward Everett Horton • Tony De Marco • James Ellison • Sheila Ryan • Dave 
Willock • Directed by BUSBY BERKELEY • Produced by WILLIAM' LE BARON. • William Goeti 
■ In Charge of Production - Screen Play by Walter Bullock • Based on a Story by Nancy Wintner, 
George Root, Jr. and Tom Bridges - Lyrics and Music by Leo Robin and Harry Warren • Dances 
Created and Directed by Busby Berkeley 




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as "Edward Rochester" 




as "Jane" in 





ORSON WEUES • IOAN FONTAINE in "JANE 
EYRE 'by Charloiie Bronie with MARGARET O'BRIEN 
PEGGY ANN GARNER • JOHN SUTTON . Soro 
Allgood • Henry Doniell • AgneJ Mooreheod 
Aubrey Malher • Edilh Barren • Barbara Everest 
Hillory Brooke • Directed by ROBERT STEVENSON 
Williorn Gbelz In Charge ol Produclion • Screen 
Ploy by Aldous Huxley, Roberl Sievenson ond 
John Houseman 



The greatest love story of all time! The picture property 
of the year! Made for every heart that ever found 
romance! With the two stars who were born to play it. 




to the world! Best-seller lor a century ! Book-ol-the-Monlh 
Club! Dividend Book! National tie-ups galore with leading- 
stylists and manufacturers.! And the most extensive 
national magazine advertising campaign that ever 
launched a motion picture! 




ClHIUlT.IOI ; 



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Franz 
W erf el's 




FRANZ WERfEL'S 
WILLIAM EYTHE • 
GLADYS COOPER • 
Morison • Aubrey 
Blanche Yurko • E 
Jerome Cowan • D 
William Goetz In 



"THE SONG Of BERNADETTE" with JENNIFER JONES 
CHARLES BOFORD . VINCENT PRICE . LEE J. COBB 
• Anne Revere • Romon Bohnen ■ Mary Anderson • Patricio 
Mother ' Charles Dingle • Edi'h Barren • Sig Rumon 
rmadeon Walters • Marcel Dolio • Pedro De Cordoba 
irected by HENRY KING • Produced by WILLIAM PERLBERG 
Charge of Production • Screen Play by George Seaion 
From the Novel by Franz Werfel 



Book-of-the-Month! Read by over half 
million! All Hearst papers ran Picture 
Strip Serialization . . . oner 25,000,000 
reader circulation! America's most 
widely publicized illustrator, famous 
''Four Freedoms" Artist. Norman 
Rockwell, obtained to do series of paint- 
ings as feature of greatest promotional 
campaign ever put behind a picture! 
Layouts in LIFE and other leading 
national magazines and newspapers! 



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and his Orchestra 



BETTY GRABLE in "PIN UP GIRL" In Technicolor with JOHN HARVEY • MARTHA RAYE • JOE E BROWN 
EUGENE PAUETTE • SKATING VANITIES • Dove Willock « Condos Brothers end CHARLiE SPIVAK AND 
HIS ORCHESTRA • Directed by BRU.CE HUMBERSTONE • Produced by WILLIAM IE BARON • Screen Play 
by Robert Ellis, Helen logon ond Eorl Baldwin • Based on a Story bylibbie Block • Lyrics ond Music by Mack 
Gordon and James Monaco ♦Musicol Sequences: Dances Staged by Hermes Pon • Military Number Staged 
by Alice Sullivan • Musicol Numbers Supervised by Fonchon 




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JOEl McCREA • MAUREEN O'HARA . UNDA DARNELL in ' BUFFALO 
Bill" in Technicolor with • Thomot Mitchell • Edgar Buchanan 
Anthony Quinn . Moroni Olsen • Frank Fenton • Malt Briggs • Georga . 
lessey Frank Orth . Directed by WILLIAM A. WELLMAN 
Produced by Harry Sh«rmon • Screen Play by AEneas MocKenzi ? 
Clements Ripley and Cecile Kramer • Based on a story by Frank Winch. 



Wednesday, November 10, 1913 




PRODUCT I O N 





As great as its title! 
Vital and colorful and 
thrilling of theme... 
a mighty property. . . 
assured of the big-scale 
handling it merits! 






Based on a story by Jerry Cady! Dramatizing 

the oldest and perhaps most traditional American 

. - t. # . 

decoration r for "valor I As technical adviser ., , , 
Otto Tolischus, New York Times .correspondent 
in Tokyo before Pearl Harbor! 




Hit 



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Never so strange a setting...so suspenseful a drama 
...so stirring a climax! From the man who is master 
of all those elements of great entertainment! 




"JOHN 



ALFRED HITCHCOCK'S Production of "LIFEBOAT" By JOHN STEINBECK starring TAILUIAH 
BANKHEAD with William Bendix • Mary Anderson • Walter Slezak • John Hodiak • Henry 
Hull • Heather Angel . Hume Cronyn*. Canada 1 lee • Directed by ALFRED HITCHCOCK 
Produced by KENNFTH MAf^OWAM . Screen Play by JO SWERIING 




6ft Hit 



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Wednesday, \ovenibcr 10, ]<)|.T 



roduced by 

DARRYL I . ZAMJCK 

in Technicolor! 

The towering, dramatic story of 
Woodrow Wilson, great American 
. . . human ... . heroic . . . assured of its 




America's president in World War I J His 
amazingly dramatic life — the excitement and 
color of his' times — the glamor of its people! 
An epic that will be hailed as the greatest 
success story ever brought to the screen! 



Wednesday, November 10, 19 IS 



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Nfy«f has there been a 
picture of more vital signifi- 
cance . . /its greatness given 
even more powerful im- 

* ■ - ■ ■ - 

pact by every new world- 
shaking event of the day! 




fastest-selling book In publishing history! Sold 1,000,000 copies In 
first 6 weeks! Has passed 1,600,000 mark at this writing! Editorialized 
and commented on by the greatest names of today! Its record is 
token of its boxoffice potentialities! 




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EDWARD G. ROBINSON 
LYNN BARI 

TAMPICO 

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VICTOR McLAGLEN 



MERLE OBERON 
GEORGE SANDERS 
LAIRD CREGAR 

THE LODGER 



FOUR JILLS 
IN A JEEP 

CAROLE LANDIS 
MARTHA RAYE • KAY 
FRANCIS * MTTZI MAYFAIR 

★ 

HOME IN 
INDIANA 

*?* lecAnicoiax 
★ 

TheSUUIVANS 

■lairing 

THOMAS MITCHELL 
ANN BAXTER 



MAXWELL ANDERSON'S 

THE EVE OF 

ST. MARK 

★ 

GREENWICH 
VILLAGE 

★ 

A. J. CRONIN'S 

THE KEYS OF 
THE KINGDOM 

★ 

ALL-OUT 
ARLENE 

BY H. I PHILLIPS 
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Phil Stong's 

STATE FAIR 

Mulcillnd kf 

RICHARD RODGERS and 
OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN II 

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WING AND 
A PRAYER 

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P&RIETY 




0VIET0NE 
NEWS 

Produced by Edmund Reek 

Mightiest of all! Boxoffice- 
timely! Star-name commen- 
tators! Issued twice weekly! 
The screen's greatest news- 
paper! More vital today than 
ever! 




HE MARCH 
OF TINE 



Produced by the Editors of Time 

Sensational box-office! Scoops 
the field! Acclaimed by press 
and public alike for its dra- 
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news"! POWERFUL!... IN- 
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The cartoon that's different! 
Laughter to make the world 
brighter! Produced with the 
showmanship of Paul Terry! 
Every release in Technicolor! 



HORT 
SUBJECTS 



Entertainment par excel- 
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for any program! Every one 
of the variegated series is 
sure-fire in subject matter 
and audience appeal! 



Wednesday. November 10, 1943 



PICTURE GROSSES 27 



Bell' Loud $32,500 in Okay PhiHy; 
Dood If Fast W/& 'Flesh' 16G, 2d 



Philadelphia. Nov. 9. ♦ 

Bl7 j< perking up in Phillv this 
w .°k Willi lop .-honors going to; 'For 
Whom the Bell Tolls which is mak- 
ing house history at' 'he Aldinc -with 

iflaicd price". Also going great 
'? m s i?"I flood If with holdovers or 
•Princess O'Rourke' and Flesh and 
Fantasy' also plenty okay 'Man 
From Down Under; is merely so-so 
on lirsl and only Week. 

Kstimates for This Week 

Aldinc (WB) \1.303; 75-S1.10)- 
•Bcl'r Toils' (Par). -Starting on with 
a socko $32,500 at hiked tariffs. Last 
week 'Holy. Matrimony' (20th)' (2d 
\vk) t'nildish $8,500 at 75c top. 

Arcadia (Sablosky) 'COO: 35-75 > — 
•Yankee Doodle' : (WB) (vcocat). 
Pallid $2,900 for 5 days.. Last week: 
•Thank Stars - (WB)), neat $5,800 in 

^Bovd'iWB) (2.500; 35-751— 'Flesh 
and Fantasy' (U) (2d wk). Okay 
$10:000 after .-mash $22,500 for opener 

1J EaHe C ''WB) (2.768; 35-85) — 'Hi 
Diddle'- (UA) with Jan Garber oreh 
and Guy Kibbcc on stage. Fair $17.- 
500 Last week. 'Young Ideas' (M-G) 
and Glen Gray orch, better at $17,- 

9 °Fox, (WB) (2.245; 35-751 - 'Man 
Down Under' (M-G). Just shading- 
par at $16,000. Last wee*. 'Sa.ule 
Marines' (M-G) (2d wk). satisfac- 
tory $13,800. 'Guadalcanal • -Diary" 
(20th) has world preem here tomor- 
row (Wed.) with a $5 tab for Emer- 
gency Aid Fund. 

Ka'rlton (Goldman) (1,000: 35-7p) 
—•Wintertime' 1 20th) X2d run). Mild 
$5 800^ Last week. "Rising Sun" 
(RKO) brighr $7,200 second week. 

Keith's (Goldman) (2.220: 35-75)— 
•Proudly Hail" (Par) (2d run). Hefty 
$9,800 despite long initial run at Al- 
diiic. Last week. 'Spitfire' ■ (RKO) 
fair $6,200 fOr second run. 

Mastbaum (WB) (4,692; 35-75)-+ 
•Princess O'Rourke' (WB) (4ih wk) 
(6 days'). Still plenty of power at 
$15,300 after bright $22,500 in third 
sesh. ■ ■ 

Stanlev (.WB) (2.916: 35-75).— 'Dood 
It (M-G). Solid $22,000 plus $3,900 
for extra Sabbath showing at Earle. 
Last week.. 'Rosie O'Grady" (20th), 
tuneful $14:200 in third stanza. 

Stanton (WB) (1.475: 35-75)— 
Tartu' (M-G) (2d wk). Pallid $7,100 
after nice $11,200 opener. 

'ROSIE' SWEET 
19G IN C1NCY 

Cincinnati.- Nov. 9. 

General b.o. currently is up sev- 
eral notches after three weeks of de-. 
clining biz. Liveliest cage music is 
from the Albee on 'Sweet Rosie 
O'Grady,' with 'Lady Takes Chance' 
next best at the . smaller Palace 
Grand is in clover with reissues of 
'Crime School' and 'Girls -On Pro- 
bation.' 'Hostages.' a newcomer, is 
no dice at Shuberl. 

Estimates for This Week 

Albee i.RKO) (3.300: 33-65 )— 'Rosie 
O'Grady' (20th >. Topping town with 
gay $19,000. Last week. 'Flesh and 
Fantasy' (U). world preem, also 
sma«h at same figure. 

Capitol tRKO) (2.000; 33-65)—' 
'Flesh Fantasy' (U). Moveover. 
Pleasing $5,500. Last week. 'Johnny 
Come Lately' (UA) (2d run). $5,000. 

Family (RKO) (1,000: 20-30)— 
'Stanley and Livingstone' (20th) (re- 
issue) and 'Larceny With Music' 
(U) split with 'Mystery Broadcast' 
(Rep) and 'Banjo On Knee' (20lh) 
(reissue). Okav $2,200. Ditto last 
week for 'Holmes Faces Death' (U) 
and 'Good Fellows' (Par), divided 
with '13th . Guest' (Mono) and 
'Prairie Thunder' (WB). 

Grand (RKO) (1.430; 33-65)— 
'Crime School' (WB) and 'Girls On 
Probation' (WB) (reissues). Sock 
$7,000. Last week. -Crazy House 
(U> (2d rum: nice $5,500. 

Keith's (Libson) U.500: 33-65)— 
Dood If (M-G).. Dandy $6,000. Last 
week. 'Tartu' (M-G). sad $4,000. 

Lyric (RKO ) ( 1.400: 33-55 )— John- 
ny Come Lately' (UA). Second 
switch for third main-line session 
oke $4,000. Last week. 'Paris Afler 
. Dark' (20th). slow $4,500. 

Palace (RKO) (2.600: 33-65)— 'Lady 
Takes Chance" (RKO). Socko $17. 
000. Last week, Dood It' (M-G) 
fi'eat $1(S.000. ; 

Shuberl i RKO) (2.100: 33-55) 
Hostages" (Par). N.s.h. $4,000. Last 
week. 'Sahara* i Col >. second week of 
moveover. aU'righl $4,000. 

'Best FootMVIontTAce 
With Rousing $15,000 

. Montreal. Nov. 9. 

. Best Foot Forward' is leader ciir- 
rcnil.v Willi .smash' week in sight. 
( orvelic K-225" is. next in line, on 
second stanza. -•. ' 

- Estimates for This Week 
Palace iCT> (2.700: 30-62 > - •Cor- 
vette K-22.V iUi i2d wk). Pointing 
ic crack $9,500 after wow $13,500 first 
stanza. 

Capitol iCT) (2,700; 30-62 1 — 



Stormy' Weather' (20th) and 'Pass- 
port Suez' (Col) (2d wk). Big $8,000 
following nice $11,000 first week. 

Loew's iCTi (2.800; 35-67)— 'Bc?t 
Foot Forward' (M-G). Hot $15.0;)0 
ahead to. top city. Last week, fourth 
repeat 'Phantom Opera' (U), good 
S8.000. 

Princess (CT> (2.300; 30-52)— 
Squadron Leader' tRKQ) and '7th 
Victim' (RKO). Stout $5,500. Last 
week. • low Up America' (20lh) and 
[•Larceny With Music' (U), fine $6,000. 

Slrap.d (United Amusements) (750; 
35-451— 'Silver Spurs' (U) and 'Sleepy 
Lagoon' (U>.. Fair $2,800. Last week, 
Daring Young Man' (Col) and 'Sil- 
ver City Raiders' (Col)-, good $3,000. 

Orpheum (Ind) (1,100; 30-60)— 
Victory Through Air Power' (UA). 
Pacing nice $3,500. Last week, 17!h 
session 'Canteen' (UA). great $2,200. 

St. Denis (France-Film) (2.500: 30- 
40)— 'Les Rosaires' and "Le Tatouc." 
On six-day run. trim $4,000. Last 
week. ;Damc de Coeur' and 'Mon 
Cocur Balance.' smart $5,000. 



'WJjisie' Torrid $12,500 
In Seattle; 'Phantom' 
Terrific HGon H.0. 

Seattle. Nov. 9. 
Town is loaded with holdovers, but 
Sahara.' in third stanza,- is doing 
another fine week at the Liberty, and 
Let's Face It,' second session at the 
Fifth Avenue, is strong. 'Phantom of 
Opera' held for second stanza at Or- 
pheum. has terrific total in prospect. 
Swing Shift Maisie,' at Paramount, 
is top newcomer. ' 'City That Stopped 
Hitler' is no dice at the Music Hall. 
Estimates for This Week 
Blue Mouse (Hamrick-Evergreen) 
(800: 40-75)— 'Johnny Come Lately' 
(WB) and 'Goodfellows' (Par). From 
Paramount, big $5,500. Last week. 
Above Suspicion' (M-G) (2d wk), 
nice enough, $4,700. 

Fifth Avenue (H-E) (2.339: 40-75) 
—"Lets Face If (Par) (2d wk). 
Strong $10,500. Last week, smash 
515,700. 

Liberty (JfcvH) (1.650; 40-65) — 
Sahara' <Col) (3d wk). Sturdy $9,- 
000. Last week, sock $12,200. 

Music Box (H-E) (850; 40-75)— 
Rosie O'Grady' (20th) (5th wk). Big 
$5,500. Last week, shappy $6;500. 

Music Hall (H-E) (2.200; 40-75)— 
'City Slopped Hitler' (Tar) and 
Campus Rhythm' (Moiio). Started 
slowly, no dice at $5,000. Last week, 
six days of 'Lets Face If iPar). so-so 
$7,600. Seattle Symphony next Mon- 
day. 

Orpheum (H-E) (2.600: 40-75)— 
'Phantom Opera' (U) (2d wk) and 
'Always Bridesmaid' (U ). added as 
freshener. Terrific $11,000. Lasl 
week, socko at $12,500. 

Palomar (Sterling) (1.350: 30-75)— 
Submarine Base' (PRC) plus vau'Je. 
Good $9,200. Last week. 'Here Comes 
Elmer' (Rep) and vaudc. $8,800. 

Paramount (H-E) (3.049; 40-75 >— 
Swing Maisie'-.(M-G) and 'Adventure 
Iraq' (WB). Robust $12,500. swing- 
shift workers bolstering take. Last 
week. 'Johnny Come Lalcly' (UA) 
and 'Good Fellows' (Par), nice at 
$9,000. more than expected. 

Roosevelt (Sterling) (800: 40-75)— 
Lucky Stars' (WB) (4th wk). Okay 
$4,700. Last week, nice $5,600. 

Winter Garden (Sterling) (800: 15- 
30)— 'Lily Mars' (M-G) and 'Constant 
Nvmoh' (WB) ('3d' run). Fair al 
$4,000. Last week. 'Canteen' (UA) 
(3d run), big $4,500. 



First Runs on Broadway 

(Subject (o Oinitfte) 
Week of Nov. U 
Asloi — Thousands Cheer" (M- 
G i ' (9lh week i. 
(Reviciml'iii Variety' Sept. 15) 
Capitol— :Sahai;a' .'Col '. 
(Rerieired in 'Vanc-lj' Sept. 29' 
Criterion — 'Corvette K-225' 
<U) <4lh week).. 
(Rcrieued in •Variety' Sent. 29 1 
. Globe — 'The Iron , Major' 
(RKO) (3d week). 
(Rei'ieivcd ill •Variety' Oct. 2(1 > 
Hollywood. — 'Old Acquaint- 
ance' (WB) (2d week). 
(Rei'ieuiod in 'Variety' Nor. 3> 
Music Hall— 'Claudia' I20tli) 
(2d week I. ' ' 

(Rerieu'cd in 'Variety' Aug.. 18) 
Palace — 'The North Star'. 
(RKO) (2d weekX 
(Rcuiouicd in ■Variety' Oct. i'ii 

Paramount— 'I Dood If' (M-G ) 
(101. 

(.Reviewed in 'Variety' July 2Bi 
Riallo— Son of Dracirla'. (U) 
(2d week). 
(Reviewed in 'Variety' Nor. 3i 

Rivoll 'For Whom the Bell 
Tolls - (Par) (18th week). 
(Reviewed in 'Variety' July 21 1 
Roxy— 'Sweet Rosie O'Grady' 
(20th) (4th week). 
(ncuieiDcrt in •Variety' Sent. 22) 

Strand — 'Princess 6'Rouike' 
(WB) (2d week). 
(Revicuied in ■Variety' Sepl. 22) 

Victoria — 'The North Star' 
(RKO ) (2d week). 
(Reuieiucd in 'Variety' Oct 13) 



Wash. Slips But 
'Phantom' Holds 
Up, Fancy 17G 

Washington. Nov. 9. 

Signs of an early holiday slump 
are in evidence downtown this week. 
It may be Christmas buying for 
servicemen. 'Paris After Dark' ap- 
pears a 'sleeper' 'at the Columbia. 
'Phantom of the Opera' at Keith's, 
is the strong film currently. 

. Estimates for This Week* 

Capitol (Loew) (3,434: 30-75) — 
'Young Ideas' (M-G) with vaude. 
Good $20,000. Last week. 'Dr. Gil- 
lespie's Criminal Case" (M-G) with 
Woodv Herman orch on stage, lusty 
$25,500. 

Columbia (Loew) (1.200; 30-66) — 
'Paris After Dark' (20th). A real 
sleeper, here, sensational $10,000. 
Lasl week. 'Bell Tolls' (Par) (7th 
wk downtown), grand $12,000. 
, Earle (WB). (2,242: 30-90)— 'Lets 
Face It' (Par) plus vaude (2d wk). 
Will hit good $18,000 afler sock $23,- 
700 first week. 

Keith's (RKO) (1.800: 30-55) — 
'Phantom of Opera' (U). Great $17.- 
000 in eight days. Last week. Sky's 
the Limit (RKO; Okay $9,500 in six 
days. 

Metropolitan (WB) (1.800: 30-55)— 
'Sahara' (Coll. Opened Saturday, 
nice $6,500 in six days. Last week. 
Lady Takes Chance' (RKOi, neal 
$7,800. 

Palace (Loew) (2.242: ' 30-66) — 
'Rosie O'Grady.' i20th), Forte $18.- 
000 but not up to expectations. Lasl 
■week. "Johnnv Come Lately' (UA) 
(2d wk), sturdy $14,000. 



Bway Great; 'Star Day-Date $56,000 
Wham, Claudia' HOG, 'Princess' Plus 
Fields Band 56G 9 'Acquaintance 41G 



'WINTERTIME' TALL 
$17,000 IN BUFFALO 

Buffalo. Nov. 9. 

Biz is tapering off this week, with 
holdovers slowing pace. 'Winter- 
lime" is lop newcomer at the Buffalo. 
-Estimates for This Week . 

Buffalo (Shea) . (3.500: 35-50 > — 
■Wintertime" (20th) and 'Blow Up 
America' (20th). Neal $17,000. Last 
week. 'Johnny Come Lately' (U.M 
•and -'Nazly Nuisance' (UA>, about 
same. 

Great Lakes (Shea) 13.000:: 35-55 1 
• 'Best Fool Forward' iM-U). .(2d 
wk i. '.Going" to $10,000 or near ''in 
live davs. line. Last week, sturdy 
SI 3.500. 

Hipp (Shea) (2.100: 35-55 i—'Ciiy 
Slopped Hitler' (Par) and Tornado' 
(Pan. Oke $8,500.' Last week: 
Thank Lucky Stars" (WB; (2d wk i. 
$8.1)00. 

Laravclle ( hm'H '3.300: 35-55'— 
•Phaiiloin Opera' i.UA '■ (2d wki and 
'All v Mv.-olf >U>. Showing plenty 
of stamina to land bright S9.500 on 
third session Last week. 'with 'Gel 
Going' if', i'.i-t shy of rousing 
$17.0(1(1. 

20th Ccnlurv (Ind i (3.000:. 35-55 1 — 
•f.adv Takes Chance' (RKO' and 
■Virtf. v Tur Air Power' 'l.'Ai '2d 
..>•!; , ■ SlO.diiO. Last week. xiiuri 
at 41 :.'».'0. 



'Wintertime' Bangup. 
At $22,000 in Newark 

Newark, Nov. 9. 
The, Bradford is showing the way 
this week with 'This Is the Army' 
aTter " a big special preem lasl 
Wednesday. At Proctor's 'Winter- 
lime' looks good. 

Estimates for This Week 
Adams (Adams-Par) (1.950: 35-99) 
— Tornado' (Par) with Hal Mclntyre 
orch. others, on' stage. Favorable 
$17,000 or slightly better. Last week. 
■Petticoat Larceny' (RKO) plus 
Johnnv Long orch, others, on stage', 
choice $18,000. 

Branfoi'd 'WB) (2.800;. 30-90)— 
'Army' (WBi. Pic soloed, thus per- 
mitting six show.- a, day for rousing 
$25,000 in six days. Special pieem 
Wednesday night kicked in an ad- 
ditional $36,000 terrific. East week. 

•.'Fired Wife' 'U' and 'Holmes Faces 
Death' i U >. f-nrish $15,700. 
Capitol 'WBi '1.178: 20-55 1 — 

! TarliC 'M-G' and 'Swing Mai.-ie" 

| 'M-G': Mild S3. 100. L»M ; week. '!>- 
-trove:-' > C"!" > i/nd 'Alwav^ Brides- 

' n-aifi' ' l.- i. S3.2fi(). . 

' I'aiaiiinunl ' Adams-Par i (2.000: 

.'35-85i -froudlv We Hail" (Pan '3d 
wl; '. Solid Siti.1100 after tall $19,000 
!a-i v.-i'i'k. 

; Proctor's 'RKO i '3.400: 35-S1 .10 1 ~ 
•Winii'i"-;:: (•' • 20: Ji i and "Till Victim" 
iKKO'. Bar.'.-up S22.000. La>t week. 

I Skvs Lnn-.f 'RKOi and 'Spillire' 
•ItkO'. c<.::ifOitiiblc SMI.OIIO. 

| Slate '1/t.r-A-'.-) (2.600: 30-85i-- 
"Maii lro:n IJowii 'Under' (M-Gi an ' 

' l);, , '^ei-":i- Blonde.-,' 'Coli. Ariiumi 
SU..'i(lf). -inv. La 4 week. 'J.ihi nv 
(■'..■ !..''•:•,• i UA I ai.ii "Fa;: I:.' 

I i-t'A ' il 1 M0. 



-Several new shows -of strong 
caliber, coupled with, line slaying 
power of. holdovers; are giving 
Broadway an aura of boxoliice 
■ireatness currently. Not even an all- 
da> ratn Mondaj - (8) ha^J. 'any ill 
elVeci. While not of the "same sig- 
nificance as before the war. Armis- 
tice Day tomorrow . (Thursday ). with 
kids out of school also oh Friday 
112). will provide a substantial lift, it 
is expected. Theatres plan charging 
holiday prices tomorrow. 
' Noteworthy amnng new arrivals is 
Sam Goldwyn's "North Star,' the lirsl 
picture in many years to day-.md- 
dale on a first-run engagement in 
N. Y. It's »t the 'Victoria,' independ- 
ently - operated, by Maurice Maurer. 
at S2.20 top on a roadshow' basis, and 
at the IIKO Palace on a .eonliiuio'us 
run at $1.10 lop weekdays and SI .50 
weekends. Goldwyn look over bolh 
houses, including operating staffs, un 
a fiat-rental basis. I 
i While not selling out at the Vic- J 
loria. matinees being a bit oA'. "Star ! 
is still doing a- fine business there, 
the first four days through (Monday) 
having hit $12,000. House is playing 
four shows Saturday, three on Sun- 
day and two on other days of the 
week: At the Palace.' the Goldwyn 
film is virtual capacity and on the 
first week should hit close to $40,000. 
exceptionally big. Palace is running 
six shows daily except Sunday when 
only five can be crowded in. Vic-, 
loria on its first, week should be 
$16,000 or over. 

The Music Hall. Strand. Stale and 
Rialto also have new bills, while at 
the Hollywood' 'Old Acquaintance' 
has just .started its second week. All 
are doing tremendously. 'Claudia.' at 
the Music Hall, looks like a smash 
$110,000. while at the Strand 
"Princess O'Rourke.' with the Shep 
Fields band plus the Merry Macs on 
stage, is going. great guns for a likely 
$56,000 or qv6r. terrific. 'Acquaint- 
ance.' finished its first week Monday 
night (8) at socko $41,000. 

Second-run. State currently has 'So 
Proudly, We Hail'- and. in person. 
Benny Fields and Jean Parker. Pull 
or the picture and stageshow com- 
bines to produce one of the top 
weeks Tbr this house, lake looking 
a $41,000 or belter. The small Riallo 
will gel $16,000. or close to il. with 
'Son of Dracula.' a figure that's been 
lopped by only two previously- 
played films there. 

Holdovers are led by 'Sweet Rosie 
O'Grady" and Roxy's slagebill of 
Danny Kaye and the Tommy Tucker 
orch. The third week, wound up in 
sensational fashion: last night (Tues- 
day ) at $93,000. Show holds a fourth. 

Paramount today (Wednesday) 
ushers in 'I Dood If and the Woody 
Herman band, plus Marion Hulton 
and others on stage. 

Estimates for This Week 

Aslor (Loew'si (i.140; 55-S1.10i — 
'Thousands Cheer' (M-G) (9lh wk). 
Finished eisjhth week Monday night 
^ at $22,000, a lift over prior 
frame's "$2|.000. in bolh cases very 
good. 'Cry Havoc" (M-G) is slated 
to open here Nov. 23. 

Capitol (Loew's) (4.820: 35-$ 1 . 1 0 ) — 
Pha n loin of Opera' (Uj and. on 
stage. Duke Ellington, and Lena 
Home Hlh-final wki. Still big at 
$60,000 or near, but can't be' held 
further: lasl week (3d) hit $65,000. 
Incoming show tomorrow (Thurs- 
day) is 'Sahara' (Col) and the Law- 
rence Welk orcli. plus Ralph Ed- 
wards' "Truth or Consequences' radio 
novelty on the rostrum. 

Criterion (Loew s) (1.700: 35-$1.25) 

— Corvette K-225" (U) (4th wk). 
Continues al snappy pace, third week 
having wound up last' night (Tues- 
day) al $18,000. while Ihc second 
was vcrv stoul $25,000. 

Globe (Brandt) d.416: 35-85) — 
'Iron Major' (RKO) (2d wk). Hold-, 
ing up well al around $15,000 after 
initial seven day.-,' lake of $21,000, 
strong.' and remains over: 

Hollywood (WB) (1.499: 44-S1.25) 

— Old Acquaintance' ( WB ) (2d wk >. 
Began first holdover session yester- 
day i Tuesday.) afler coming through 
on first week for sock $41,000, beaten 
here only by 'This Is the Army' 
(WB). I.aller's final live days on 
Hlh week was $13,000. oke. 

Palace (RKO) '1.700: 75-S1 .50" — 
North Star' I'Goldwyn-RKQi. Day- 

and-tlaliiig with Victoria, but at this 
i house, is beiii-j played on contiiiu.oii 
, run at lower prices than Victoria is 
i nclting From li e barrier' exep- 
; tionally good— hei <- with" virtual ru- 
' pacily ttxpecterl lo. .bring total on lir.-t 

week to $40,000, or clo.-e to it. terrific. 
■ It. ahead ."Behind J{:>.ng Sun" ' IIKOi 
{ .on its third v.-pcl;. go' $19,000. go-id. 
!. Paramount ' I'ai i '3.(i()4: 35-SI.Kli 
'—J D.mkI If (M-Gi and Woody !lc- 
; mar.. Manoi HiiKoii; others in pcr- 
! ,oi:. (ip'Miii:^ i . i- today (Wclnes- 
. davi. . "True to I.ile' i f'an. Ink Spot- 
! aim" Tony f'asloi rounded mil lour 
> very profitable weeks la..' night' 
• 'Tuesday, final ro'ind being $45,000. 

wiiili- iho sc-coiifi wa'.~ Saa.OdO. 

Radii). Cilv Music Hall (Ruchefc:- 
Ilet-ai (5.:M,'<. 41-Sl.G."ii - • •CMi)iifl,.i" 



l20lht and stageshow. Off to a fast 
clip and, on first irame, should gee 
very fancy $110,000. holding. Ira.-.t 
week, fourth for "Lassie. Come Home' 
(M-G). tremendous money-maker on 
the run. was $98,000. 

Rialto (Mayer) (59,4V 28-65 i— 'Son 
of Dracula' tU'. Powerful puller 
a;t.this small-scater and . should -hit 
$16,000 or near, topped here by only 
two other- pictures. Holds over. Last 
week, second for 'Paris After Dark' 
(20th). $8,200. fair enough. 

Rivoll tUA-Pari (2.092; 75-S1.65i— : 
'Bell Tolls' (Par) ■ (4th wki.. Espe- 
cially consistent, this week (4lh) 
looking to swi.nky $41,000, while the 
third was $42,000. 

Rbxy (20lh) (51886; 55-$1.10i — 
'Sweet Rosie O'Grady' (20th) and. in ■ 
person, Danny Kayo, Tommy Tuck- 
er, others (4lh-final wk). Tees olt 
today (Wednesday) on concluding 
round: the third ended last night 
'Tuesday), hit $93,000. extremely 
fine, while second was. $115,000, ter- 
rific. 

Stale (Loew's) (3.400; 35-$1.10i— . 
So Proudly We Hail' (Par) (2d-r«n) 
and. on siage, Benny Fields and Jean 
Parker. Wowing 'em at b.o.. with 
weekend. near to sensational; should ' 
wind lip at $41,000 or over, excep- 
tionally good. Last week 'Top Man' 
(U) (1st run) and Louis Armstrong, 
$38,000, very strong. 

Strand (WB) (2.756; 35-$1.10> — 
Princess O'Rourke' (WB), Shep 
Fields and Merry Macs. Smash from 
opening, and with 'Armistice Day 
falling in first week, looks to $56,000 
or over, immense. Starts second 
week Friday \12). Last week, fifth 
(or 'Thank Lucky Stars' (WB) and 
Sammy Kaye, oke $33,000. 

Victoria (Maurer) (720: 75-$2.20) — 
•North Star' (Goldwyn-RKO). Here 
on roadshow basis and, w7iile not 
selling out, with matinees off some- 
what, still very good at $12,000 on 
first four days through Monday (8). 
House getting In 17 shows a week 
and on its first looks $16,000 or better. 



JOHNNV FAT 
W/& DENVER 

Denver, Nov, 9. 
'Let's Face It' still strong on sec- 
ond week at Denhatn, 'Johnny Come 
Lately.' fine at, Denver and Esquire, 
and 'Salute to Marines,' big at the 
Orpheum, arc running, out in front 
for top coin currently, 'Marines' 
may hold. Biz is strong at all first- 
runs. • 

Estimates for This Week 

Aladdin (Fox) (1,400; 30-65)— 
"Bpsie O'Grady" (20th) and 'CHance 
Lifetime' (Col), after week at each 
Denver. Esquire. Big $8,000. Last 
week. 'Sahara' (Col) and 'Lucky 
Fellow. Mr. Smith* (Col ). from Den- 
ver and Esquire, good $7,000. 

Broadway (Fox) (1.040; 30-65) — 
'Fallen Sparrow' (RKO) and 'Ad- 
ventures Rookie' (RKO), after week 
at Orpheum. Nice $4,500. Last 
week. 'Army' (WB). good $3,500. 

Denham (Coekrill) (1.750: 30-65) 
—'Let's Face If 'Par) (2d wk). 
Strong $15,500, and holds for third 
stanza. Last week, big $16,500. 

Denver 'Fox) (2.525: 30-65)— 
'Johnny Come Lately" 'UAJ and 
'Holmes Faces Death' <U>. day-date 
wilh Esquire. Big $16,000 or near. 
Last week. 'Rosie O'Grady" (20th) 
and 'Chance Lifetime' (Col), also at 
Esquire, big $17,000. 

Esquire (Fox) (742: 30-65 1— 
"Johnny Lately' (UA) and 'Holmes 
Faces Death' Solid $4,500. Last 

week. 'Rosie O'Grady' (20th ) and 
"Chance Lifetime' (Col). $5,000. 

Orpheum (RKO) (2.600: 30-65)— 
'Salute Marines' (M-G) and 'Shanty- 
lown' (Rep). Robust $15,500, and 
possibly will hold. T<ast week. 'Fal- 
len Sparrow' (RKO) and 'Adven- 
tures RoOkic' (RKO). big $15,000. 

Paramount (Fox) (2.200: 30-5.0 1- 
'Viilorv Through Air Power" (UA) 
and "Kingdom for Cook' 'Col i. lice 
i $10.000; Last week. -Death of Hitler" 
, iU) and "Doughboys in Ireland' 
| 'Col i. nice S8.000. 
I Riallo ' Fox) (878: 30-65 >— 'Sahara* 
iColi and 'Lucky Fellow. Mr... Smith' 
I «U>. after week at ca'h Denser. 
' E..q'uire. Aladdin. Fine $4,000. Last 
! week. "Thank Lucky Stars'. (WBV 
via Denver. Aladdin. Esquire, route, 
I nice '$3,300. 

'Newcomer CJets Ijead 
Iii M-d's 'Dorian Gray' 

Hollywood. Nov.- 9." 

Metro handed Kurd Hatfield, a re- 
'■ei:t coi.iiiiclce. the till.' role in The 

i'l.l.ire or Dorian Gr.iv,' ba-eci on a 
novel by Oscar 'ilno. 

Albert Lewiii v. ill diiect the Pao- 
dio S. Bo-man pinduco'i as soon 
■a- ila'lii'ld li.M-hc- hi current . job 
,n 'Draaon Seed 



28 



PICTURE GROSSES 



P&RtETY 



Wednesday, November 10, 1913 




an, 




'Stars' 30G. Marines' 21G, Both Big 



■ ■■ ... . Detroit, N'((\v'.. - 

. The loop take's -on 'a little more iife 
this week with three fresh bill's in 
Hie first runs. .Wealthy biz i.-, bci'in 
racked up by the Michigan wiil'i 
'Thank Lucky Stars', and 'Submarine" 
Alert"; the Fox with 'Top.Man' and 



and' Mil) plenty of 1 ile for wnidiip. 
Aiming at sturdy $4,000, oke, after 
)a.-t week's <5th. > solid $5:000. 

National -.. (Indie) 12.400; ' 40-65 V— 
Shanl.ytowu;. (Rep) an<( Sonny Duh- 



FiredWife,'. and' the. United A riis'.s j ham °' t " h on W stage. Healthy $16. 



with 'Salute to Marine.*' and Young 
Ideas.'- 'Top Man' looks ljkely U>» 
; Tosser. - 

' Kstimatcs for This Week . 

Ailanls iBalaban) (1,700: 55-75):— 
'Phantom Opera' (UVand "Saucing- 
Masters' (2'0th). -. Pair switched- over 
after a .strong week at Fox, great 
'.'$9,600:' Last. ' week,; 'Sahara' . iC'ol > 
Cld wk) and 'Larceny: With -Music' 
(U). fine $9,000. :. 

Broadway-Capitol (United olroil) 
(2.800; 55-75)— 'Watch Rhine' (WBJ. 
mid "Good Fellows' (Par) (4ih wk.!. 
Snlid- $11,000 after Jast week's, nice 
$14,000. .'.. 

i'ox (FoxrMichigan) (5.000: 55-751 
—Top Man" (U)' and 'Fired Wife' 
iU I.-. Looks bright $32,000. Last 
week. 'Phantom Opera"- >U) and 
'Dancing Masters' (20th). robust 
$34,000. 

Madison (United Detroit 1 '1.800: 
95-75'J— Dixie''' (Par) and 'Land Is 
Mine' >RKO). Back in loop tor nice. 
$4,800. Last week. ■' ataan', i-M-Gl 
Hiid^Mr.'- Big' (U), repeated for 
smash $5,200.' 

Michigan (United- Detroit.) (4.000; 
B5-75)— 'Thank Lucky Stars' -i WB) 
and 'Submarine Alert' (Par). Looks, 
big- $30,000. Last ■, week; . "Let's Face 
If (Par) , and. 'Alaska ■ Highway! 
(Par) (2d wk), fine. $26.000.:. 

Palms-Slate (United Artists) '3.- 
000: 55-75)WCanteen'.(UA) (2d wk). 
Trim $23,000 behind . last week's sock 
$34,000.: 

United Artists (United Detroit) 
(2.000: 55-75)— 'Salute to Marines' 
M-G) and .'Young Ideas'. 'M-G I. 
Going great guns toward $21,000. 
Last week, "Bell Tolls' (Par ) 1 5th 
wk) (75-$1.10), final stanza good at 
$14,000. 

Wilson (1,900; $l.ld-$1.65) — Bell 
Tolls' (Par) (6th wk). Carrying, oh 
alone following the bow-out .of the 
United Artists with two matinees 
and nights' reserved- policy. Boosted 
to fine $9,000 after last week's okay 
$8,000. , 



000..'. Last week. 'Revenge Zombies' 
(Mono) and Milt. Briitoir orcVhead- 
iiig stage show.' virile $15,000. 
.. Rialto. i Fourth Avenue) (3.400; 30- 
'5(1 >■ -"In Old Oklahoma- (Rep) and 
Scream in - Dark" (RepV : -Bcsf ill 
town in the straight film line: -.'First, 
lime .in months that this house has 
had a Western. Alright $12,000. Last 
week, .'Wintertime'. (-20th) and 'Godd 
Fellows' (Par), strong $12,500. ■ 

Strand (Fourth. A venue) (1.200:30- 
50 >j— •Cil>- Slopped: Hitler' iPar) and 
M-lerc Conies .Elmer' (Rep). Salis- 
-fartorv: -$4,000: Last , week, 'In . Old 
Chicago" (20th) and .'Banjo On Knee' 
■■20th) (reissues), medium $3,500: 



Top 



Man -'Down Under' 
Fine $22,000, B'klyn 

"..-'' Brooklyn, Nov. 9. 

Grosses continue high among- all 
deluxcrs downtown. Top is Fabian 
Paramount holding over 'So Proudly 
We Hail' and 'Sleepy Lagoon.' Strand 
Also is holding 'This Is the Army' 
for solid returns on second sesrV. 
Estimates for This Week 

Albee (RKO) (3,274: 35.-75)— "Be- 
hind Hising Sun' .(RKO) .and 'Gals 
Inc.' (U) (2nd wk). First-rale $15,- 
000. Last week, attractive $17.0.00. ' 

Fox (Fabian) (4,023; 35-75)— 
'Hostages; (Par) and 'Footlight 
Glamour.' (Col). Sturdy $20,000. Last 
week, 'True to Life' (Par) and 'Sub- 
marine Alert' (Par) (2d wk), splcnr 
did $18,000. 

. Metropolitan (Loew's) (3.618; 35- 
75)— 'Man Down Under' (M-G) and 
'Top Man' (U). Fine $22,000; largely 
on second film. Last week, 'Johnny 
Come Lately' (UAXaiid 'Young Will- 
ing' (UA) (2d wk). good $15,000. . 

Paramount (Fabian) (4.020: 35-75) 
— Proudly We Hail' (Par) and 

( 'Sleepy Lagoon' (Rep) '2d wk). 

' Strong $20,000. Last week, big $23,- 
000. • 

Strand . (WB) (2,952: 35-75) — 
'Army' (WB) (2d wk). Solid $20,000. 
Last week, sock $25,000. best here in 
months. Upped scale is helping. 

'Old Oklahoma' Fine 

$12,000 in Louisville 

• Louisvilfc.. Nov: . : 
usincss at downtown first runs :is 
not. running at quite, the high, level 
this week as compared with previ- 
ous week. However, .it's still plenty, 
.okay/ with the b.o. pace still strong. 
.Rialto is perking right smartly with 
.'In Old Oklahoma," and- Sonny Dun- 
ham's-- orchestra and stage, show , at 
the National tire keeping the wickets 
bus ':..■:.,' 
Estimates for This Week 

Krown (Fourth Avenue) iLbcw's) ' 
(1.400: 30-50) — 'Wintertime- < 200V) 
and 'Gopd, Fellows' (Par), Brisk 
$4:500 after moveover " r rbhi 'Hiallo: 
Last week. 'Lady Takes Chance' 
(RKO) and 'Saint Meets Tiger' 
(Rep), fine $4,000 bn mbvebver. 

Kenlucky iSwitow) (1.200: 15t25) 
— Heaven Can Wail" c20th) and 
'Background to Danger' ( WB>. Hy- 

§ocd . by rainy weekend whirli 
Voiight patrons in. Satisfactory $1.- 
flflO.- Last week, 'Above Suspicion" 
:(M-G )' and 'Bomber's Moon' 1 20th t. 
okay $1:700. ; -'■ 

Loew's State (Loew'.O '3,300: 30- 
150)— 'First. Comes Courage' (M-G> 
and 'My Kingdom for Cook* (Col). 
Looks like-- good. $9,000. Last week. 
'Dood .11''. (M-G) and 'Dangerous 
Blondes' (Col) not quite, up to ex- 
pectations at fairish $lJ,fJ00. 

Mary Anderson' iLibsnn) -0.000: 
30-50),— 'Army' (WB) (6th wk). 
Looks like final stanza for this one, 



Prov. Full of Holdovers, 
'Sahara' Pacing, $13,000 

Proyiden'ce. Nov. 9. 
Ilfys.tsges.'- which opened Monday 
at Strand. . the only new film this, 
week. Second week : spots -are being 
held down by " Iron Major' at 
RKO Albee. 'Sahara' at Loew's Stale 
and ' rincess P'Rourke' at Majestic," 
While 'Thank Your Lucky Stars' is 
in. its' third- downtown- week at Carl- 
ton. 

Estimates for This Week 

Albee (RKO) (2.300; 30-50)— 'Iron 
Major' (RKO) and 'Spitfire's Blessed 
Event' (RKO) (2d wk). Strong $11,^ 
000 after sock $18,000 opening sesh.' 

Carlton (Fay-Loew) (1.400; 30-50) 
—'Thank Lucky. Stars', (WB) (3d 
wk). ^Nice $3,500, after solid. $3;800 
in second stanza. 

Fay's (Indie) (2,000; 30-50)— 'Isle 
Forgotten . Sins' (PRC), plus vaudev 
Average $5,500. Last. week. 'Adven- 
ture in Iraq' (WB) and vaude. $5,200. 

.Majestic (Fay) . (2.200; 30-50);— 
'Princess O'Rourlce' (WB) arid- 'Mur- 
der Waterfront' (WB) (2d wk). Hot 
$12,000 after snappy $15,000 the first, 
week. ' ..,-■':' 

Metropolitan (SnyderV (3.2Q0: 36- 
59.)— .'Saint Meets Tiger'. (Rep), plus 
Johnny Long prch on stage. ' Nifty 
$7,500 on :three-day weekend run. 
Last week. 'Thirteenth Guest 1 ' (Mono) 
and 'Gay Nineties' Radio Revue on 
stage: strong. $8,500. , . 
, State (Loew.'S) (3.200; 30-50)— 'Sa- 
hara' IC61) (2d wk). Expecting good 
$13,000 after wham $18.000 .first" week: 

Strand (Silverman) (2,000; 30-50)— 
'Hostages' (Par) and 'Good Fellows' 
(Par). Opened Monday, (.8). Last 
week. "Sleepy Lagoon' (Rep) and 
'Alaska Highway' (Par), grand 
$12,000. 



Dimout 

— Continued, from page 5 ^ 

the rest of the city. However, .all the 
legit theatres, but the Colonial, are 
healed by coal, and it is -purely a 
question of keeping fingers crossed 
as cold season approaches. 



■ N. Y. Brownout 

Theatres in N. Y. are burning a 
few. lights at night under marquees 
on the ground thai the regulations 
with regard to" 'identification' are 
permitted after 10 p.m. as long as 
over the building entrance, to a place 
that remains open, later than that 
for business .purposes. Since the 
regulations: are inter relcd as per- 
mitting ' this, for places of business 
as a , means 'of public safety, police 
so -far have not complained where 
tin's is bcing done. 

In fact.'.. according to theatre pp. 
cratois, the police are;, being -very 
ienicnt so: far with respect to the 
lighting Over theatres except' where 
any signs- are: left burning after 10 
p.m. 



Easing 1 in Ottawa, Too 

• Ottawa. Nov. 9. 
' : Lining of air raid precaul ions' r.cg- 
ulalions and dropping by govt, of 
several thousand ^ ARP workers in all 
of Canada ■ b.ut coastal areas .this 
hiohlh brougFit concurrent ^ hope that 
(he. d i moiil. in Ontario ' would also be 
lifted. Power, shortage, not .ARP; 
broiigiil doinands last fall that. com- 
mercial lighting ' he drastically - cut. 
and since then theatres' could tire 
only one or two dim .bulbs in. mar 1 
quecs. and no. flooding or window- 
lighting allpived any where south of 
'timbc-r' line.' 

'._ prfic.ial:< gave pic ingrs'. and other 
users of eoinmercial lighting defihite 
hope that: return to brilliance would 
come, along before Christmas, along 
with dropping of tea and coffee ra- 
tioning. ;' 



•Lady' Taking No Chance 
At $20,000 in Cleveland 

Cleveland. Nov. . 
.iil'y iMiliiiaiy biz. this stanza. 
Kiicd- W:fr' and Jiinmie LuiVceford's 
ciiU'j-'cd' iniiipv -on stage are olfering, 
.llio hcM actiiih at Palace; but not 
comparable .to other grosses . Ill is 
mol'illi'.. I.a'-isie Come Home' 'pull irig 
go(>d fainily iuirhdunbe for State, but 
geunij; 'i:om|ieiish from Hipp's 'Lady 
Takes C|iiiiu:<':; 

Kstimajes' for This Week 
■ Allen 'RKO! ' (3,000; " 35-55i— 
Claudia" <20th) (2d wk). Pleasant 
$9,000. Last week 'Destroyer' (Col) 
(2d wk) oke at $7,500. 

Hipp i Warners) (3.700;' 35-55)— - 
•Laciy Takes Chance' (RKO). Lasso- 

tiig sal ixfacliiry. $20:000,. despite . rain. 
;asi week 'Claudia' . (20th)' drew' 
powerful $29,000. 

Lake (Wai ncrs) (800; 35-55)— 'De- 
slroyet' (Col) (3d wk). Sailing to 
$3,200, nice! Last week -Pharitorrt 
Opera' 'U ) <3d Wk). good^DDO.- 

Ohio iLoew's) ( 1,200; 75-$l.:i0)^ 
'Bell Tolls' (7th .wk). Slowing up, 
$10.0l)0^for seventh stanza; $12,000 for 
last round. ■ * ' 

Palace ( R.K.Q) . (3.7 ; ■35-55)— 
:Fi red Wire' ( U). plus Jimmie Ltince- 
(prd's prch on stage: Warming- up. 
•to.: $25,000 hiark after stormy spe)f. ; 
Last: week 'Top Man' (U) with Bob 
Allen orch,. Alan Carney. Marion. 
Huilbii,. hotter at around $27,000. ' 

Slate (Loew's) (3.450; 35-55)— 'Las- 
sie Come Home' (M-G). Sturdy $18,- 
000. . Last week :Man Fi-om Down 
Under' ■ M-G), sour $10,500. 
. Stillman (Loew's) (2,700; 35-55)— 
'Hostages' (Par). Exploited smartly 
for a worthwhile $9,000. Last week 
Dood If l M-G), sad $7,000. 

No Pitt Complaints 
Face It' OK W/fi 

Pittsburgh. Nov. 

No complaints ; this week although 
biz is just, a little spottier, than usual. 
"Let's- Face It' at Penn. banging out 
an okay session- arid 'In Old Okla- 
homa' sit Fulton, on heels of strong 
campaign, got enough over weekend 
to insure a hefty stanza and also a 
likely 'holdover.' At Senator, reissue 
of -'.Souls' at Sea' rather than 'Is 
Everybody Happy' gets, most of the 
credit.for okay trade at this spot, and 
Stanley, returning to vaude for first 
time in three weeks - with Glen 
Gray!s band and. 'Adventures of 
Tartu,' is doing well enough although 
not quite up to expectations. 
. Estimates, for this Week 

Fulton (Shea) (1,700; 30-60)— 'In 
Old Oklahoma' (Rep); Sock first two 
days will, be enough to insure at 
least $9,000. okay. Should stick for 
another week. . Last week, second of 
'Corvette K r 225' lU) down to around 
$5,500. 

. Harris . ( Harris) (2.200; 30-60)— 
■Rosie OGrady; (20th) (3d wk). 
Betty Grable starrer finishing up in 
•the 'dough and slicks around for at 
least another downtown week at Ihe 
Senator. Almost sure to .hit $7,500 
on the \vihdiip ;ahd that ain't , hay. 
Last 'week 'Rosie' got.S10.000, which 
will mean around $36,000 here on the 
rim. 

Peiin (Loew:«-UA) (3.30(i: 30-60)— 
'Lefs Face If (Par). Pittsburgh's 
just about the last bMhe keys to get 
the Bob Hope-Belly Hutlon' comedy. 
Fair-tp-middling reviews but the 
names are pulling 'ein in. around 
$17,500 worth. Last week, second of 
Bell Tolls' (Par) excellent at $25,- 
000. . ' / " 

Ritz (WB) (800;- 30-60) — 'Lady 
Takes Chance' (RKO) (2d wk). 
Shifted here after playing a week 
day-and-date at Stanley and Warner. 
They like the Jean Arthur-John 
Wayne comedy: and it's going to do 
very well here, loo; around $3,700 at 
least, line, for small-seater. Last 
week 'Thank Your ■ Lucky Stars' 
( WB) jiisl sb-so at $2,250 after fort- 
night at Stanley. ,. 

Senator 'Harris) (1.750; 3b-60)-r 
'Souls at Sea' (Par) (reissue) and 
'Is Everybody ;Happy' : (Col );.' OuU 
of-the-way house- will do- very "well 
and management' is giving all credit 
to, reissue of old Gary 'Cooper- 
Gebrge Raft- starrer, which Senator- 
..had originally contemplated playing 
alone. Looks like $3,700. okay. Last 
Week 'Two Senori las From Chicago' 
(Col) and 'Passport to Suez' (Col) 
belter , than expected at $3,200. 
'-•Stanley i WB) . (3.800: ■: '30-75 Y-^ 
Tartu' (M-G) anil j Glen ■ Gray's 
band. WB dcluxer biick to picseula-- 
tloiis after: three Weeks or straight 
pix but, the heavy sugar libuse had 
b.ecii grabbing, previously with com- 
bo policy, isn't developing imme- 
diately with its .'.resumption. Around 
$20.(100 jn view. While good, it's not 
out of ordinary. Last week 'Lady 
Takes -Chance' (RKO) $15,500! - . 

Warner (WB i .. ( 2.000; 75-$l. 10) — 
'Bell Tolls' (Par) (3d wk ). Penh 
squeezed. -this- one- pretty well in a 
forUiight. getllns' better than .$68:000. 
so there isn't too much left for il. 
here... Should clock $10,000, however, 
only - .average, taking the advanced 
scale "into-' consideration.' Last week 
'Lady Takes Chance' 'RKO) fine at 
$11,500. comparatively much better 
than picture did at 'the Stanley, 
■where, it was day and dated. 



'Sahara,' Sizzling $43,000, Best Bet 
In Boston; Tace It* Stout 23G, 2d 



Liquor Racket 

5 CoiKlniicd from page 2 



'wholesale-- at $40 are •fetching a $7 
black market -.bonus:- tinder the 
courvler. ■ 

There are other imniicks. The 
most-popular is a chiz worked by'tlie 
liquor, saiesinen who come to the re- 
tailers ahd ask (hey be.^old n case.of 
goods, supposedly for own use, at 
cost or iiear.cpst pr+««. The retailer,- 
who . ' to shoo away the liquor 
peddler, and who now treats him 
with a hew respect, docs so in' the 
hope the salesman Will take ihis into 
consideration. What, happens i.s that 
the peddlers tlicn r retail the wet 
goods to- friends, at $10' to $12 a 
bottle. This is/a soft touch, because, 
anything in Scotch or bourbon form 
is a rarity these days. 

Bourbon has skyrocketed with 
Scotch, because the U. S. taste has 
veered to bourbbn .for some reason 

Johnny Walker black - label , and 
Canadian Club are the two moll 
boolicgged items on the market. . 

Bootlegging, ■ however, isn't as 
prevalent as believed; the ■ mobs are. 
going .'in. .morje for hijacking. This 
liquor, of course,, finds its way ihlo 
the black. market somehow. : 

Retailers are fighting the; shortage 
in divers manners. One is to: plug 
the ..sales of- vermouths' and wines, 
and these are catching on.; Mulled 
wine, i.e. spiced, a la hot toddy, is 
being plugged: for winter, consumpr 
tipn. The secondary niteries are like- 
wise, plugging these items. 
; While the wine profit is bigger, the 
turnover'is lighter. .There are/plenty, 
of rums still available,, domestic and 
Cuban; also domestic brandies and 
wines. Sola (South American) gin fs 
getting a play. The metropolitan 
N. Y. rnarket doesn't go for the 
Cuban gin, but New : England and the 
midwest .does.. . Vermouth-and-soda 
are starting io : go better' for home 
consumption and in ihe bars: 

The : block-booking idea is now 
true in the liquor business as it. was 
in the: picture industry; you buy a. 
lot of 'b' items in order to. get a 
bpttle of 'A' Scotch. . 
• The policing agencies, are nullified 
by; a curious hands-off idea. The 
Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) 
in N. Y. hai- no jurisdiction- oyer 
price; and the OPA can't police the 
prices, ..because of lack of nianppwer. 
The .OPA will only: step in : when 
< there is a civilian cprnplaint, and the 
silualioii today is that the ultimate 
consumer is so pleased to get a bottle 
of Scotch or bourbon lie's the. last to 
complain. Invariably the customer 
can't buy a boltle of spirits unless 
he also takes two bottles of wines, 
along, -that being the current popu- 
lar custom. 

So bold ,have« some of the boot- 
leggers become thai some of 'em are 
selling gallons of alcohol wilh a.rye 
essence and- merely.- telling the bar- 
keeps lo use that in the rye refills. 
Of course (lie reputable pubs don't 
go for it, but it's reportedly a spread- 
ing racket. ■ ' , 

On the other hand the topnotch 
bistros are buying in the black mar- 
ket but serving Ihe mccoy brands 
at upped tariffs per drink. 



Pitts, Va., Chain Owner, 
Elected State Senator 

Lynchburg.. Va . Nov. 9.. 

Now it's Senator Ben T. Pills of 
Fredericksburg. Va. ' 

The owner, of a string of northern 
Virginia film houses has been elected 
to Ihe upper house of the State 
Legislature on his initial venture 
into politics. 



- Ohio Mer. On Council 

: , : ' Hamilton. O.. Nov. 9 
. John . Schwalni,. manager of the 
■Rialto theatre', orte pi ihe three units 
of. the , local i . '' chain, was rc- 
eiccled to cityicoimcil- ltj last week's 
balloting, making, his fifth term as a 
member ofahal body. 



..Boston, Nt)v. . 

'Sahara' is taking: the boxoflirc- 
rretini . this .week as h.o.'s ' !iga,n 
dominate. This war opus looks like 
a sizzling $43,000 at the two Locw 
stands. Paris After Dark' with Mai 
Halletfs band is lifting Wie RKO 
•Bostbh. back into the- $28,000 niche 
Otherwise everylhing is solid despite' 
diminishing' returns from holdovers. 
Estimates for This Week 

Boton (RKO'). (3,200: 44-99)— -Paris 
After Dark' (20th) plus Mai HaU'elt 
brcli. Aim Corio. Bob. Williams, 
others, -on >lage. Lifted back to the 
$28,000 level; solid. Last week. 'Fallen 
Sparrow' (RKO) plus Clyde Lucas 
orch. nice $26,000. 

. Fenway ' (M-P) (1.373: ,75 -$1.10 )— 
•Bell Tolls' (Par); second week here, 
fourth in town. Steady, at $10,000. 
same as last week. 
.. Memorial (RKO) (2.900; 44-75)— 
'Iron Major' (RKO) Aid" 'Never- Dlill 
Moment,' ;(U) (3cf wk). Pulling for 
comfortable $16,000. Last; week, b: 
$25,000. 

Metropolitan: (M-P)- (4.367; 35-65) 
—'Let's Face If (Par) and 'Passport 
Suez' (Col) (2d wk). Dropped aboi.it 
as -expected but still good: at $23,000. 
Last week, hot $30,000. 

Orpheum (Loew) (2,900-; 44-65)— 
'Sahara' (Col) and 'Chance bt Life- 
time' (Col ): Resounding $29,000: 
Last, week, 'Johniiy Come .Lately' 
(UA) plus 'Na?.ty Nuisance'- (UA) 
(2d wk), nice $22,500. 

Paramount (M-P) (1.700: 75t$1. 10)' 
—'Bell Tolls': (Par) (second week 
here). Maihlaining; good; biz as 
cu.stbhier.s swallow high price -for big 
$20,000. Last week, strong $27,000. 

■ State . (Loew) (3.200.; 44-65)— 
'Sahara 1 (Col) and 'Chanoe of Life- 
time' (Col).' Favorable . at $14,000, 
high, for here. Last week, 'Jolniiiy 
Come Lately' . (UA) aiid. 'Nazly 
Nuisance* (UA) (2d wk). $9,000. 

Translux (Traiislux) ; (900;' 28-05)— 
'Campus Rhythm' (Mono) and 'King' 
of Damned' (Indie) (reissue). . Below- 
average $4,000. Last week, 'Isle For- 
gotten Sins'. IPRC) and 'Boys of City' 
(Mono), good $5,500. 



NebenzahFs Pic for UA 

• Holly \vood, Nov'. 9. 
Scynioui' Ncbeiuahl closed a deai 
to produce 'the' Moon Their Mis- 
■h'ess' im the Samuel. Gbldwyn lot for 
Uniled. Ai'lisls release. -, 
'. Officially slalcd as an iigeliis pro- 
duction, the '/picture goes into work 
Nov.. with Linda, Darnell and 
Geoi; anders as co-stars, ■ 



TOP MAN' BIG 
25G IN CHI 



.': Chicago, Nov. 9. 

Plenty- of holdovers currently but 
undertone continues; good. 'Top 
Man,'. heading combo at Palace; looks 
great $25,000, wliile 'Old Oklahoma' 
at: Woods, only other new straight 
fllmer. is terrific with $22,000. 
'Phantom of Opera,' inoved lo the 
Grand after two weeks at the Pal- 
ace, looks sturdy $10,000. 'Sweet 
Rosie : O'Grady' shapes as pleading 
holdover, with giant $32,000 on sec- 
ond sesh -at the State-Lake. - 
Estimates for This Week 

Apollo (B&K) (1.200: 50-85)— 'This 
Is Army' (WB) (5. days) and 'Win- 
lerlime' (20lh). •Dancing Masters' 
<20lh) (2 days), fine $11,000. Last 
week. "Wintertime" and 'Masters,' ' 
neat $9,000. 

Chicago . (B&K) (4.000; 50-85) — 
'Proudly We Hail' (Par) (3d wk) 
plus vaude. Solid $40,000. Lust 
week, strong $48:000 for second ses- 
sion. 

Garrlck (B&K) . (900: 50-85) — 
■'Wintertime' (20th) and 'DHncing 
Masters' (20th) (3.d wk). Nice $7,000. 
Last week, bright $11,000. 

Grinid (RKO) ( 1.150: 40-85)^- 
■Phantbm of Opera' (U) and 'Lucky 
Fellow' (U). Sturdy $10,000: Last 
week; "Spitfire' (RKO) and 'Seventh 
Victim' (RKO). corking $11,500. 

Oriental (Iroquois) (3.200: 31-69)— 
'Nobody's Darling': (Rep) plus Jerry 
Wald orch. Brisk $24,000. Last-week. 
'Holmes . Faces Death" (U) and Al 
Dexier orch. big $25,000. 

Palace ( RKO) ( 2.500; 40 : 85) - Top 
Man' (U) and 'Frontier Ba'dmen' (U ). 
Great $25,000. Last week: 'Phantom 
Opera'. (U) .and 'LucHy Fellow' (U). 
(2d. wk>, fine $20,000: 

Roosevelt (B&K) ( 1,500: 50-85)— 
'Salute Marines' (M-G) (2d wk). 
Nice $I5;000. Last week.: snappy 
$18,000. : 

State-Lake (BK) (2.700: . 50-85)— 
•Rosie O'Grady. 1 20th) (2d wk). 
Giant : $32,000. Last week, smash, 
$38,000 slightly' over expectancy. 

United Artists (B&K) (1.700; 50- 
85)— 'Best Foot Fprward' (M-G) (2d 
wk). Fine, $15,000. Last week. 1) im 
$18,000. but not. as big as expected. 

Woods (Essaness) . (L200:- 50-85)— 
In Old Oklahoma*. (Rep-,i; Teiiific- 
$22,000. Last week, third of 'De- 
slroycr' and 'Murder Waterfront' (2 
days) with 'Old -Oklahoma* '5 days), 
smash $17,300: ' 1 ■ 



Par's 'Cross' Reissue 

', .... -Hollywood. Nov. . 

PfS-'anipunt Ls reissuing Sign of 
Cross.' in ; sppia-tpiied prints, due. tp 
religioils aspects and ^impending 
battle for Rome. C. B. de Mi'lie Is ' 
.writing a. new prolog for • ictiue 
made' 10 years ago. 

Expect to . have', 
arouiid first of year. 



Wednesday, November 10, 19 IS 



New Product Helps Frisco; 'Sahara 
Wow $28,000, 'Matrimony' Solid 25G 



Key City Grosses 

Estimated Total Gros* 
Thii Week.. $2,782,709 

(B«s.ed on 24 cities, 189 thea- 
tres, chie/ly first riiiu, itictiidin 
N. Y.) 

Total Gross Same Week 

' Last Year. .... . . . . . .$2,152,7M . 

(Based on 25, cities, 173 theatres) 



San Francisco, Nov. 9.- 
Fi\' e new -pictures on main stem 
this stanza, with 'Sahara' at Orpheum 
setting pate at terrif $28;000. and 
possibly a new record. 'Holy Matri- 
mony' is big $25,000 at Paramount. 
•Ladv Takes a. Chalice' plus Louis 
Prima and acts is giant $35,000 at 
Golden Gate. 

Estimates for This Week 
Alcazar (F-WC) (1,149; 50-75)— 
'RoSic O'Grady': (20th) and 'West 
. Side .-Kid' - .(Rep) . (third downtown, 
■week): Good $6,500. Last week, 
■Gone With Wind' (M-G), strong 
$8 000 

Fox (F-WC) (5,000; 55-75)— 'Above 
Suspicion': (M-G) and 'Melody Pa- 
rade' (Mono). Fair $22,000. Last 
. week. 'Rosie O'Grady' (20th) and 
•West Side Kid' (Rep) (2d wk). 
about same: 

Golden Gate (RKO) (2.850; 55-75) 
—'Lady Takes Chance" (RKO) plus 
Louis Prima orch, others on stage. 
Giaitt $35,000. Last week, 'Petticoat 
Larceny', (RKO) plus Andrews Sis- 
ters. Mitch Ayxes orch, others, on 
stasc. solid $32,000. 

Orpheum (Blumcnfeld) (2,400; 60- 
75 (—'Sahara' (Col). Terrif $28,000, 
and possible new record! Last week, 
'Phantom of Opera' (U) (3rd wk), 
strong $11,400. 

Paramount (F-WC) (2,470; 55-75) — 
'Holy Matrimony' (20th) with 'Man 
Music Mountain" (Rep). Big $25.- 
OoO. Last week, 'Sky's Limit' (RKO) 
.' plus 'Here Comes Kelly' (Mono), 
ditto. 

St. Francis (F-WC) (1,475: 55-75) 
— Bell Tolls' (Par) (tenth week in 
Frisco"). Trim $16,000. Last week, 
still terrif at $20,000. , 

United Artists (Blumenfeld) (UA) 
(1.100; 60-75)— 'Johnny Come Latcly' 
(UA) plus .'Yanks Ahoy' (UA> (3d 
wk). Tapering to nice $10,000. Last 
week, big $13,600. 

WarAeld (F-WC) (2.650; -55-75)— 
Tartu' (M-G) plus 'Sweater Girl 
Follies' unit on stage. Neat. $25,000. 
Last week, 'Return Dr. X' (WB) 
plus lab version of 'Drunkard' • on 
stage, sock $30,000, which came close 
<to" breaking the house record. 

Bliz Bops Omaha But 
tacelt^rand $10,500 

. , Orhaha, Nov. 9. 
Terrific wind and snowstorm hit 
grosses over the, weekend, but Arm- 
istice. Day upbeat may' help general 
biz lone. 

'Let's Face It,' topping dual combo 
at Paramount, looks least hurt of all 
houses, with strong $1030 in pros- 
pect. Orpheum, with Dave Elman's 
Hobby Lobby and 'Paris Alter Dark,' 
is only fair. 

Estimates for This Week 
Paramount (Tristates) (3,000: 1 1-55) 
—"Lei's Face It' (Par) and 'Subma- 
rine Alert" (Par). Least hurt of all 
houses by storm, strong $10,500. Last 
week 'Canteen' (UA) (2d wk), big 
$11,000, and moved to the Omaha for 
. third session. 

Orpheum (Tristates) (3,000; 20-65) 
—'Paris After Dark' (20th), and Dave 
Elman's 'Hobby Lobby' unit on stage. 
Only fair $13,500." Last week 'Dr. 
Gillespie's Criminal. Case' (M-G) 
plus stage vaude with Cy Landry, 
.others, smash $17,500. 

Brandeis (Mort Singer) (1,500: 11- 
65)— 'Lady Takes Chance' (RKO) ^ There are on.ly few new entries in boxoffice derby 



Henie Sockeroo $13,700, 
Indpls. Ace; 'Old Okla/ 
Fat 11G, 'Courage' Sad9G 

Indianapolis. Nov. 9. 

The rains, came early Saturday 
arid, stayed through Sunday night 
but the deluxers couldn't have han- 
dled rhore people if the weather had 
been good. .'Wintertime,' at the In- 
diana, is running Way out in front, 
with 'In Old Oklahoma' making a 
strong showing at the Circle. 
• Estimates for This Week 

Circle. (Katz-Dolle) . (2,800; 30-50) 
— ;ln Old Oklahoma' (Rep) and. 
'Sleepy Lagoon! <Rep). Sturdy $11,- 
000.' Last .week-.- 'Fallen Sparrow' 
(B.KO) 'and .'This' .'Is Washington' 
(RKO), nice $10,000. 

Indiana (Kalz-Dolle) (3,300; 30t50) 
-^Wintertime' (20th) and 'Someone 
lo Remember' (Rep), Sizzling $13,- 
700 on Sonja Henie. opus. Last week, 
'Lady Takes Chance' (RKO) and 
'Hoosier Holiday' (Rep), about same. 
: Keith's (Indie) (1.200; 30-55)— 
'Terror House' (PRC) and vaude. 
Average $4,300, . .in four-day . run. 
Last week; 'Citadel Crime' (Rep) 
and vaude, $4,000. 

Loew's (Loew's) ■' (2.450: 30-50)— 
'First Comes Courage' (Col) and 
'Kingdom for Cook' (Col). Tepid 
$9,000. Last week. 'Dood If (M-G) 
and 'Hitler's Madman' (M-G), dandy 
$10,900. 

Lyric (Katz-Dolle) (1,600: 30-50) 
—'Lady Takes Chance' (RKO) and 
'Hoosier Holiday' (Rep). Oke $5,800 
on movebver. Last week, 'Let's Face 
It' (Par) and 'Good Fellows' (Par), 
also moveover, smart $6,200. 



'SKY'S LIMIT' FORTE 
$8,500 IN MILD MPLS. 

Minneapolis. Nov. 9. ■ 
Musicals have the right of . way 
currently. Three principal attrac- 
tions are 'Sky's the Limit;' 'Best Foot 
Forward' and This Is the Army,' last 
in fourth loop week and still strong, 
Business continues far below the; 
summer and early fall. high, but still 
okay. 

.'..':-. Estimates for This Week 

Aster (Par-Singer) (900 ; 20-30)— 
'Saint Meets Tiger" (Rep) and 
'Campus Rhythm.' . (Mono). In Ave 
days, good $2,200. 'Hoosier Holiday' 



PICTURE GROSSES S9 



(Rep) and ^Ghost and Guest' (PRC), 
open today (9). Last week, 'Spot'- 
light .Scandals'' (Mono) 'and "Here 
Comes Kelly" (PRC), okay $1,800 in 
live days. 

Century -(P-S) (1.600; 40-55)— 
Heaven Can Wait' (20th) (2d wk). 
'Moved -here -from Slate. Moderately 
good $6,500. Last week, 'Above 
Suspicion' (M-G) (2d wk), satis, 
factory $5,000 in six days: 

Gopher (P-S) (1,000; : 35)— 'Danc- 
ing Masters' (M-G ) and 'City Stopped 
Hitler.'. -(Par). Reviewers made 
much of latter, the Russian picture. 
Oke $3,500. Last week. 'Paris After 
Dark" (20th), fair $3,800. 

Orpheum (P-S) .(2,800; 40-55)— 
'Sky's Limit' (RKO).. Good notices 
from crix plus heavy campaign lift- 
ing this to nice $8,500. Last week, 
'Hit Ice' (U), strong $9,700. 
.'•State- (P-S) (2.300; 40-55)— 'Best 
Foot Forward' (M-G ). Crix panned 
this but' good $11,000 is likely Last 
week, 'Heaven Can Waif (20lh), 
fairly good $12,500. 

Uptown (Par) (1.100; 30-40)— 'Can- 
teen' (UA). First neighborhood 
showing: Fine $4,500. Last week, 
'Let's Face If (Par), $4,000. 

World (Par-Steffes) (350: 40-75)— 
'Hit Ice' (U) (2dAvk); Moved from 
Orpheum. Still clicking at $2,000. 
Last week, Three Live Ghosts' 
(UA) (reissues), $1,500: 



'Sahara' Boffo $19,000, 
Balto; 'Phantom' Brisk 
15G, 'Lassie' Thin 14G 

Baltimore, Nov. 9.' 
Good action continues here with 
alt downtowners clicking nicely. Of 
new entries, .'Phantom of Opera' at 
.Keith's, and 'Sahara,' lied to vaude 
at the combo Hipp, are both: aiming 
at top figures. 'Lassie, Come Home' 
at Loew's Century, drew critical 
raves and rather steady trade- 
Weekends continue extra big. 
Estimates for This Week 
Century (Loew's-UA). (3,000;' 17- 
55) — 'Lassie Come Home' (M-G). 
Good response from local press and 
fairish action at .$14,000. Last week, 
Tartu' (M-G), all right $13,300. 

Hippodrome (RabDaport (2,24,0; 
17-66)— 'Sahara' (Col) pluB vaude. 
Clicking extra-well at big $19,000: 
Last week, second- of 'Lady Takes 
Chance' (RKO) and vaude, held well 
at $12,900. 

. Keith's (Schanberger ) , (2.460; 17- 
55)— 'Phantom Opera' (U) (2d wk). 
Second round starts , tomorrow. 
(Wednesday) after strong getaway 
at rosy- $15,000 first round. 

Mayfalr (Hicks) £980; ' 25-50)— 
'City Stopped Hitler' (Par). Some 
response at likely above-average 
$6,000. Last week, 'Sleepy Lagoon' 
(Rep), okay $5,400. 

New (Mechanic) (1.680; 17-55)— 
'Rosie O'Grady' (20lh) (3d wk). 
Maintaining good pace at $6,000 after 
steady second sesh at . $8,800, solid 
figures for limited seating here. 

Stanley (WB) (3.280; 20-60)— 'Let's 
Face If (Par) (2d wk). Holding 
steadily at $13,000 after robust open- 
ing week, of $17,200. 

Valencia (Loew's-UA) (1,480; 17- 
'55)— Tartu' (M-G ) (movebver). . So-, 
so $5,000 after .steady previous round 
in downstairs Century. Last week, 
similar handling of 'Dood If (M-G), 
$5,500. 



lady Chance Sockeroo $52,500 In 
2 LA. Spots; Best Fbof N.S.H. 41G, 
4 Houses, 'O'Rourke Huge 45G, 2d 



Broadway Grosses 



Estimated Total Grosi 
This Week . . . . .... . $610,000 

(Based oit ,14 tlicnlres) 
Total Gross Same Week 
Last year . :•.-.... . . . . .$376,10« 

(Based on 13 llten»res) 



Bob Hope Hot $17,000, 
KX; 'Johnny' Big 14G, 
'Top Man' Hefty lOiG 

Kansas City, Nov. 9. 
. 'Let's Face It.' bowing; into New- 
man after four record-breaking 
weeks of 'Bell Tolls/ is pacing the 
town with, torrid total: 'Johnny 
Come Lately,' at the Midland, is next 
best. Top 1 Man," day-at.id-dale at 
Esquire, Uptown and Fairway.- is 
pulling nicely. 'Man from Music 
Mountain,' teamed with 'Here Comes 
Elmer' at the Tower, is strong- 
Estimates for This Week 

Esquire, Uptown and Fairway 
(Fox-Midwest) (820, 2,043 and 700; 
40-60)— Top Man" (U). Healthy 
$10,500. Last week. 'Rosie ' O'Grady' 
(20th) ,(2d' wk), sweet $10,500. 

Midland (Loew's) <3.500; 35-50)— 
'Johnny Come Lately' (UA) and 
'Nazty Nuisance' (UA). Fancy $14,- 
000. Last week, 'Sahara' (Col) and 
'Dangerous Blondes' (Col) (2d wk), 
strong $11,000. , ' 

Newman (Paramount)' (1.900: 40- 
60)— 'Face If (Par). Torrid $17,000 
to lead city. Last week, 'Bell Tolls' 
(Par) (4th wk), okay $;i,000. mak-: 
ing a total of $76,900 for record- 
breaking four-week run. 

Orpheum (RKO) (1.600; 40-60)— 
'Fallen Sparrow' (RKO) and 'Ad- 
ventures Rookie' (RKO) (2d wk). 
Satisfactory $9,000 after husky v $ll,- 
500 opening stanza. 

Tower (Fox-Joffee) (2,100: 35-50) 
— 'Man Music Mountain' (Rep): and 
'Here Comes Elmer' (Rep) plus 
vaude, big $11,000. Last week, 
'Holmes Faces Death' (U) and. 'Re- 
venge Zombies' (Mono) with stage 
show, fair, $8,500. 

Hey, Duffy, Jones Is 
Gonna Direct Our Pic 

Hollywood, Nov. 9. 

Paul Jones draws the production 
responsibilities for Paramount's film- 
ing of 'Duffy's Tavern,' based on the 
Ed Gardner radio show. 

Job of scripting the film play goes 
to Mac Benoff, formerly on Gardner's 
writing staff. 



NATIONAL BOXOFFICE SURVEY 



and 'Great Life' (Col) (2d wk). So 
so $5,500, storm hurting. Last week 
$8,300. terrific . for this limited ca- 
pacity house. . 

Omaha (Tristates) (2,000; 11 -55)— 
'Canteen' (UA) (3d wk). Steady 
$7,000. Last week 'Union Pacific' 
(Par; and "Million Dollar Legs' (Par) 
(reissues), nifty $8,000 in five days, 
■ Town (Goldberg) (1,400; 11-30)^ 
'Border Patrol" (UA), 'Appointment 
Berlin' (Col) and 'West Side Kids' 
(Rep) split with 'Wagon Tracks West' 
(Rep), 'Two Senoritas Chicago' 
(Col), 'Cowboy Manhattan' (0) and 
Man Two Lives' (Mono), 'Arizona 
Bound' (Mono). Nice $1,600. Last 
•week, with Fats Waller doing a per- 
sonal appearance Sunday plus 'Va- 
riety Show' (WB) and 'Body Disap- 
pears' (WB), with rest of week. 
Ghost and Guest* (PRC), Terror 
House' (PRC), 'Night Monster' (U) 
■ and. 'Robin Hood Range' (Col), .'Hard 
Way ( WB) and 'Cowboy Manhattan' 
«i«' " Man Headquarters* (Mono), 
Western Mail' (Mono), Target To- 
night' (UA), big $1,900. 

Mercury to Make 2 
Films Without Welles 

Hollywood, Nov. . 
'■Mercury . ioduclions will make 
■two indie-, features while Olson 
Welles- is in England, with Jackson 
'.Lcislilnor- pinch-hitting for Welles 
■vpYoducc-r. 
_ First will be The Importance of 
Being Earnest,' from the Oscar Wilde 
P'ay, to be followed by "Elsie Ven- 
»*':._ based on ah ancient yarn bv 
..Oliver Wendell-Holmes.. 



this week. Leveling off tendencies in some keys Will 
be offset by anticipated bettered biz oh Armistice Day. 
Storms have hurt in a few spots but hot as much as the 
declining takes of holdovers. 'North Star' (RKO), 'Old 
Acquaintance' (WB) and 'In Old Oklahoma' (Rep), all 
doing well so far. are the only fresh pictures even 
though 'Claudia'- (20lh) is really only starting in many 
key cities. RKO-Goldwyn'g 'Star' looks bright on 
N, Y, : preem in two houses, one at $2.20 on a roadshow 
policy. 'Acquaintance" Is socko $41,000, top biz N. Y. 
Hollywood -has done outside of 'Army' .(WB).-" 'Old 
Okla.' looms as Louisville leader at fine $12,000, smash 
$9,000 or over in. Pittsburgh and sturdy $11,000, Indian- 
apolis. 'Clau ' ,' doing neat $9,000 on Cleveland sec- 
ond sesh, is fancy $110,000 in N. V. Music Hall. ' 

Older reliables are accounting for bulk of coin cur- 
rently. These include .'Sweet Rosie O'Grady" (20th), 
'Flesh and Fantasy' (U), 'Lady, Takes Chance' (RKO), . 
'Sahara' (Col). "Let's Face If (Par), 'Wintertime' 
(20th), "Phantom of Opera' (U), 'Johnny Come Lately'. 
(UA) and 'Princess O'Rourke*. (WB). 'Rosie' is just 
that in some five leading cities, topping Cincy with hot 
$19:000 and being extra fine at $93,000 for third week 
.at. ti. Y. Roxy. 'Flesh,' mostly )n second sesh or on 
moveover, looks especially okay' in Philadelphia after 
big Cincinnati preem. 

. 'Wintertime,* taking a fresh, spurt, shapes hangup.. 
$22,000 in Newark, hot $13,700 In Indianapolis and stout 
'$17,000 iii Buffalo, being pacemaker in latter two cities. 
'Lady.' with sockeroo $52,500 in two L. A: houses to 
top town, is smash $17,000 in 'Cincy,: giant $35.000. in 
Frisco, with ba'nd, . satisfactory $20,000 in CloveJand 0 and •, 
stoiiiin Bli ;ilo on second stanza. 
.'Face It.' all over the -map. is torrid $17,000 to pace 
K. C, strong. $10,500 in offish Omaha, nice $17,500 in 
Pilt.. .and strong <>i) second weeks - in Denver, Seattle 
and Baltimore. Also good in Washington and nice on ■ 
third L. A. 'se.-h. "Si'ihara." -".still being booked a bit 
slowly in keys, ix leader, in Boston (torrid $43,000) and 
in altu. . In Frisco, it heads for .]>os»iblc new re'rord 
with a .'.err-iif - .$28,000. It's also fine in Providence: AVasji- 
'in'gtoti, Seattle and Deriv.'-iv 'Johnny' still. is racking up 



neat totals, being especially solid currently in K. C. 
and Denver, and nice oh L. A. and Frisco second and 
third weeks. 

.'Phantom,' top new picture in Washington at great 
$17,000, looks brisk $15,000 in Balto, terrif on second. 
Seattle .week, still big at $60,000 in fourth N. Y. stanza 
and bright on Buffalo "holdover. 'O'Rourke' looms 
smash $56,000 on first N. Y. week, powerful on second 
sesh in L. A. and Prov. and big $15,300 for fourth Philly 
week. Then, of course, 'Bell Tolls' continues its strong 
biz, being especially fine this week in- Boston, Frisco, 
N. Y., and Philly. last mentioned being' the sole big 
opening— sock $32,500. 

Top Man' (U) is showing surprising strength in 
three spots, being bright $32,000 to lead Detroit, hefty 
$10,500 in K. C.; and flne $22,000, Brooklyn. 'Dood If 
(M-G), which opens at N. Y. Paramount this weeki 
looks solid $26,500 in Philly and is dandy in Cincy, 
'Iron Major* (RKO) looms nice oh holdover in three 
cities. 'Army' is rousing $25,000 in snc days in Newark 
and solid $20,000, second Brooklyn week. 'Proudly We 
Hail' (Par) shapes strong on Brooklyn and Newark 
holdovers. Reissues still crop ud as okay bets in sev- 
eral keys; 'Crime School' and 'Girls on Probation," both 
Warners', and 'Souls at . Sea' ■ (Par), being, best this 
sesh: 

'Best .Tool Forward' (M-G) is encountering, some out-, 
bf-step biz, notably in L. A.,, where rated not so forte, 
and Minneapolis, which is only fair. It's pacing Mon- 
treal, however, and nice- 'on Buffalo holdover. 'Hos- 
tages' (Pari; classed as rriild in Cincy, is sturdy $20,000 
In Brooklyn and okay in Cleve.- 'Lastiie Come-Home' 
(M-G), sturdy $18,000 in eie.ve., is fairish in Baltp: 
'City That Slopped Hiller' XPiir), while satisfactory in 
ouisville, Ballp and Buffalo, is no dice in Seattle. l 
From 'Variety' correspondents: 'Salute lo Marines' 
(M-G), great $.21,000, Detroit; 'Paris After Dark' (20th), 
solid $28,000 with band. Boston; 'Canlcen' (UA>,.lrim 
$23,000, second Det. week; 'Sleepy Lagoon' sturdy 
S12.000.; Prov,;- Thank Llicky Stars'. (WB), big $30,000. 
Dei,:. 'Man From Music Mountain' (Rep), big $11,000. 
K. C: 'Holy Matrimony' (20tli), big $25,000. Frisco, 
find From Down : Under'- i M-G i, blow $14,500, 

Newark; .and mild SJO.OOO, I'hiMy, 



Log Angeles, Nov. .9. 
. Perfect weeken ; weather boosted 
biz at all flrstiim houses. 'Lady 
Takes .Chance,' with smacko $52,500. 
is leading the . town at Pant ages an 
Hillstreet. Three Warner- houses, 
Downtown, Hollywood and Wittem;'.' 
are stepping along' for ', terrific $45> 
000 on second session of "Princess 
O'Rourke,' with Saturday-Sunday 
takings wilhin a few hundred dollars 
of flr^st weekend. This represented 
the strongest second week for War- 
ner combo since triple, first-run pol- 
icy, was installed. 

'Best Fool Forward,' in four West 
Coast houses, is disappointing at 
$41,000. Let's Face It.' at two Par- 
amount sites, is doing -profitable third 
week, and holds further. 'Bell Tolls' 
is. picking up at F6ur.Sl.tr after end- 
ing run, at United Artists, on day- 
date basis. , ■ 

Estimates for This Week 

Carlhay Circle (F-WC> n,51G: 45- 
90)— 'Best Foot Forward' (M-G) 
and Tartu" (M-G). Okay $6,000. 
Last week: 'Above Suspicion' (M-G I 
and 'Swing Maisie". (M-G), hit soli 
$8,500. 

Chinese (Grauman-WO (2:034; 
45-90)— "Best Foot Forward". (M-G) 
and Tartu' (M-G).. Fair $10,000 in. 
six. days. Last week. 'Above Sus- • 
picion' (M-G) and 'Swing Maisie' 
(M-G), good $13,500. 
.Downtown (WB) (1.800; 45-90) — 
'Princess O'Rourke" (WB) (2d wk). 
Excellent $18,000 following big ini- . 
tial stanza at $21,000. 

Egyptian (F-WC) (1,535: 45-90)— 
'Johnny Come iiately' (UA) and 
'Never Dull Moment' (U) (2d wk). 
Neat $6,000 after, opening to -great 
$9,600. . 

Four Star (UA-WC) (900; 85-S1 10) 
— 'Bell tolls' (Par) (3d wk), Tilt- 
ing upwards to big $6,000 as result 
of picture at downtown United Ar- 
tists-, ending day-date run. Second 
week, $4,600. 

Hawaii (G&S) (1,100: 40-75)— 
'City Stopped Hitler' (Par) and 
'Campus Shythm' (Mono) (3d wk). 
Tapering off to $2,800 following okay 
$3,500 last week. 

Hollywood (WB) (2.756; 45-90)— 
'Princess O'Rourke* (WB) (2d wk). 
Happy $16,000. Last week, big $20,- 
000. 

Los Ancelea (D'town-WC) (2,200; 
45-90)— 'Johnny Come Lately' (UA) 
and 'Never Dull Moment' (U). (2d' 
wk). Solid $14,000. First week, fine 
$16,500. 

Or'pbeum (D'town) (2,200; 40-75) 
—'Nearly Eighteen' (Mono) and 
D'Artega airl orch on stage. Mild 
$16,000 and way off from. last week , 
when 'Mantrap' (Rep) and Erskirte 
Hawkins orch on stage did hangup - 
$23,000. 

FanUgei (Pan) (2,812: 45-90)— 
'Lady Takes Chance" (RKO) and 
'Holmes Faces Death'. (U). Smash 
$25,500. Last'week 'Phantom Opera* 
(U) (5 days, 3d wk) and This Wash- 
ington' (RKO) (5 days), wound up 
with mild $6,300, 

Paramount' (F&M) (.1,389; 45-00) 
— Let's Face If (Par) (3d wk). 
Merry pace with okay $15,000 after 
socko $21,700. 

Paramount Hollywood (F&M) U.- 
451; 45-90)— "Face If (Par) (3d wk). 
Dropping to trim $8,000 after second 
stanza of good $11,500.. 

RKO Hillstreet (RKO) (2,890: 45-. 
90).— 'Lady Takes Chance' (RKO) 
and 'Holmes Faces Death' (U). Great 
$27,000. Last week 'Phantom Opera' 
(U) (5 days, 3d wk) and 'This Wash- 
ington' (RKO) (5 days), okay $9,200. 

Bltz (F-WC) (1.372; 45-90) — 
.'Johnny Come Lately' (UA) and 
'Never Dull Momenf (U) (2d wki. 
Steady $5,000. First .week, swell 
$8,000. 

Slate (Loew's- WC) (2,204; 45-90)— 
'Best Foot Forward' (M-G) and 'Tar- 
tu' (M-G); Average $18,000: Last 
week 'Swing Masie' (M-G) and 
'Above Suspicion' (M-G), hangup 
$25,000. 

United Artists (UA-WC) (2.100; 45-. . 
90)— 'Above Suspicioli' (M-G) .and 
'Swing Maisie' (M-G). Good $7,000. 
Last week, final hiiVe days of 'Bell 
Tolis' /Par) after 10 Weeks at ad- 
vanced scale of 85-$1.65. Totaled 
fine $10,000. 

Uptown ' (F-WC i (1,715; 45-90) — 
'Best Foot Forward' i.\l-G). and 
'Tartii' I M-G).:- Fine $7,000. Last 
week 'Above Suspicion' (M-G) and 
'Swfng Maisie" '(M-G>,- excellent $8,-- 
800. ' ■ 

Wilsblre (F.-WCi (2.296; 45-901— 
'Above Suspicion'. (M-G) and 'Swing 
Maisie' (M-Gi. ■ Strong $7,300. . Last, 
week 'Dood If 'M-G> and 'Gillespic'i 
Cri inal Case' (M^G), n.g. $4,000. 

Willexn (WBi (2.500; 45-90 V— - 
'Princess' -O'Rourke" iWB) (2d Wk). 
Strong $11,000 nficr (list se.«h tabbed 
$14,500. i*. - : • ' • 



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Wednesday, November 10, 19-1 S 



noimden, IA Official, Puts Finger 
On Chi Mobster As Bioff Associate 



Like an old-lime continued serial, 
which. left the hero hanging on the 
cliffs and then — 'continued next 
■week'— the extortion trial- of the 
eight men on charges of forcing the 
: film industry to pay millions reached 
a real climax yesterday ^Tuesday) a 
few minutes before the session 
ended in the N. V. . Federal Cbiirt. 
For the'- first time in this trial, a 
Government witness literally 'put 
the finger' on a. defendant, and defi- 
nitely linked him as being an asso- 
ciate of Willie Bioff. The Govern- 
ment witness was Harlan Holmden, 
first v.p. of IATSE. The defendant 
was Louis Compagana. .-.''. 
' Boris Kostelanetz, "special assistant 
S. attorney-general, had asked 
Holmden to identify one 'Cook' who 
came to the West Coast IATSE office 
Willi Bioff, and asked him to see if 
this man 'Cook' was present in the 
iriclosure be'fore-the bar. Holmden, 
an elderly,, bespectacled man, looked 
around and first pointed to Charlie. 
Gioe as being 'Cook.' When Gioe 
arose, Holmden said, 'This gentle- 
man is a little, tall' and then de- 
mah is a little tall*, and then said 
'Cook' was 5 feet. 4 inches. 

Asked to step down and ascertain 
: whether 'Cook' was among the de- 
fendants—who Were, all seated— 
,. Holmden timidly took a few steps 
toward the row of defendants and 
then said 'Cook' v rriight- be seated at 
the other end, indicating Louis Com-. . 
pagana. When Compagana r.Qse he 
proved to be about the height de- 
scribed. Gioe. and Compagana have 
a facial resemblance. 

For the^proseciitiori, Holmden's 
.Identification of Compagana as bet- 
ing an associate of. Bioff is highly 
important, for it is the first time that 
« witness, other ■ than Browne or 
Bioff, has physically linked one of 
the Chicago 'outfit' with Bipffi who 
Is already convicted of extortion. 
Holmden testifies again today. 

Holmden's appearance climaxed, a 
dramatic day during which Otto 
Chrislianson, brie of: the battery of 
defense attorneys, twice made mo-, 
tlons for a mistrial and Was denied. 

Christianson acted after Austin C. 
Keough, general ; counsel . for Para- 
mount, had made statements the de- 
fense considered prejudicial to* its 
- fide. The first time keough. had de 
cJare'd.- that the. late Sidney R. Kent 
i20th-Fox prexy) gave in- to Bioff's 
demands, because he,. Kent, was con 
vi need that he and Schenck 'were 
dealing with desperate men' and that 
Bioff was 'a; member of the Capone 
gang.* 

Feared 'Vengeance* 

The second time came when 
Keough delivered a long statement 
to the effect that he had not gone to' 
the authorities in 1939 -with what he 
knew about Browne's and' Bioff' 
activities because 'Bioff was in some 
way connected' with people reputed 
to be 'gangsters,' that T thought 
terribly dangerous for. me and my 
company to volunteer as a witness, 
and that 'I might have directed 
vengeance upon myself.' 

The defendants in the present trial 
now in its fifth week, are Charles 
Gioe. Paul DeLucia, Louis Com 
pagna; Ralph Pierce, Phil D'Andrea 
and Francis Maritote, all alleged to 
be" members of a Chicago underworld 
gang: John' Roselli, alleged 'payoff 
man' operating for the gang on the 
Coast; and Louis Kaufman, business 
agent of Local 244, IATSE, Newark 
N. J.' The trial is presided over by 
Federal Judge John G. Bright. 

Most of Tuesday (9) was taken u 
with' - testimony., by Keough, also 
Government witness. Keough : de 
scribed how Bioff. had approached 
. him at the 1936 Basic Agreement 
meeting in New York and told. him 
he. wanted $50,000 from Paramount 
and instructed : him -to check with 
Nick Schenck, president of Loew 
Inc;, and. Kent. Keough testified he 
talked with Kent and learned that 
Kent arid Schenck) 'had made 
their minds, they were helpless an 
were going to give in' and that Kent 
•couldn't see that Paramount was i 
any different' position than his own 
company.' Keough - outlined his. ar- 
rangements to pay Bioff, first doing 
so himself and through his assislarit, 
.and then through' Henry Herzbi'Un 
v.p: of Paramount and resident Pa: 
attorney io. Hollywood. 
' He described his stale of -milul j 
1936 when the payments began as 
being one where .'the'- thinking I did 
about it .'was that if I did not make 
the; payments Bioff. had demanded 
he and Browne could . and would 
• greatly injure if not destroy th 
Paramount company.' Asked why he 
continued the .payments until 1938 
Keough' added that he further 



thought that 'perhaps in some. per- 
sonal way' I. -'would become "involved. 
Having started; to do anything else 
but pay, Mr. Bioff and his associates, 
whoever they might be,' might injure 
me physically or otherwise.' 

Capey Witness 
On cross-examination by James 
D. C. Murray, Keough. proved a 
Cagey -but . frequently .hair-splitting 
witness. He . stated ttrnt he did not 
consider ,. his conduct 'unethical as a 
lawyer': because he was forced to 
make the payments. He conceded 
that Sidney Kent was 'unfortunately' 
hpt alive to contradict him but added 
that Kent couldn't corroborate him,; 
either. He contended that he did not, 
and even now does not know, of any 
law in New- York prohibiting bribery . 
of union officials. He maintained .that 
by .paying "he was . not 'entering' a 
deal with Bioff and rowne' and' 
that. he was 'upholding the law.' ; 

Keough admitted, 'I caused it;' 
when the' question 'false entries' 
for 'corporate expenses" on the Para- 
mount "books came up, but insisted 
he was not 'responsible;' drawing a 
istiriction between "responsible*, and 
cause.". 'He staled that 'I don't Con- 
sider that . a deception' while .admit-' 
ng that the 'corporate expense' en- 
ies were a 'concealment' from the 
Government and the stockholders. 

He also maintained, rather per- 
sistently,' that the payments to Bioff 
could be classed as 'corporate ex- 
penses' because they were 'produc- 
tion expenses' just like salaries, etc., 
since they 'kept production going.' 
Asked why he had not told of his 
personal fears in the Browne-Bioff 
ial, Keough ..answered, 'I didn't tes- 
fy to it, and I didn't leave it out 
by deliberation.' ' 

Keough ended, his day. on the. 
stand in a stale of white-hot anger 
when Murray asked him If he 'still 
has a license to practise' in New 
York. He replied he had, where- 
upon Kostelanetz jumped up and 
asked Keough whether he knew that 
Murray has a license to practise. 
Murray then interjected that he 
might as well, ask if Kostelanetz had 
license. Judge Bright rapped for 
order, amid laughter, and reminded 
the' pair that they were both guilty 
of contempt of court. 

In his early testimony, Holmden 
placed John. Roselli as an associate 
of Bioff and told how Roselli was 
given a bunch, of envelopes contain- 
ing money.. The envelopes came 
from one Daniel McCarthy and Were 
mailed to Bioff. '/'. 

He also outlined how a bunch of 
the boys' came to protect him,' the 
West Coast IATSE office arid hiring 
hail-alter an altercation in 1937 dur 
ing which furniture was thrown out 
of windows. 



Albert, Harry Warner 
Bare Bioff Shakedown 

The most important witnesses to 
appear last week at the trial since 
Nick Schenck were the 'Warner 
brothers, Albert and Harry, who tes 
■lifted on Thursday . (4)'and Friday 
Harry Warner explained that he 
kicked-in because he 'felt that man 
had power arid with his backing 
could destroy the business. Warner 
insisted that he did not sic the law 
onto. Bioff because the enforcement 
agencies 'couldn't help me if I was 
dead.' Defense attorney Murray 
came back at him; 'You mean to. say 
that all. Jhe - law-enforcerhent agen- 
cies could not stop you from bein 
killed." Warner replied, 'Not after 
was dead.' 

Feared Bankruptcy , 
• Major Albert Earner, ' th 
imorhin" . readily admitted, paying 
Bioff" money because he was afraid 
his. firm would be forced into bank 
ruptcy by a strike. To suggestion 
that perhaps he -was paying a bribe, 
Warner replied, 'Definitely not:' 

Like his brother, later in the day 
Albert denied having knowledge 
Jj| a $26,000 payment to Tom Malloy, 
deceased business agent of Local 110, 
Chicago, to pull the second projec 
tionisl out of two-man booths. 
'Plenty Scared' 
The most raniatic ^witness the 
previous day. was Major ..Warner 
Queried as to his motives, in agree 
ing to shakedowns, Warner candidly 
replied, 1 was plenty* scared 
Smarter suys thani I. would have 
been frightened. 1 .' 

Asked if he would have 'kicked 
.Bioff put. of your office' |f he had not 
heard about the shakedown fi; 
Nick . Schenck first, Warner an 
s\vered, 'I doubt it.' 

On coining to his office for the 
first time, in 1936; Warner said. Bioff 
promptly opened the discussion by 



asking. 'You know why I am here?" 
nd when Warner answered that, he 
had- spoken with Schenck, Bioff 
lmly added, 'I want $50,000.' Bioff 
got a first payment Of. $10,000 In May, 
1936,- but: protested, because: 'by the 
me' I split it with the boys it will 
be peanuts.' Bioff cunningly refused 
check for the remainder. 
At the. 1937:Basic Agreement meet- 
ing in New York, Bioff again put the 
m on Major Warner, who had beeri- 
unde'r the impression that it U'. «•> 
the previous payments) was the last 
the money." Bioff reassured him 
al'.'You -will have lo pay arid pay.' 
Warner said he ; agreed to the pay- 
ments because he 'knew the, power of 
these people arid the harm they- could 
He added they were, people 
with, a murder or two to 'their cred- 
but this remark was stricken from 
the record. . ;. 

Schenck's Revelations . 
Nipk Schenck. finished his sensa- 
tional testimony bri Wednesday (3). 
Before :he left the stand, Schenck 
imprinted on the minds of the jury 
ahialic words. like 'a -man's life was 
danger' and a statement of Bio'ff's, 
made lo Louis B. Mayer, that 'there's 
room for both of us in this world, 
and I'll be here.' ■-...'. •■'■ 

Despite these quotations; however, 
fense attorney Murray drew from 
Schenck the reluctant admission that 
Schenck, was: unconvinced Bioff 
actually was threatening Mayer's 
fe. "; . .-' ;'■ . ' 

J, Wesley .Smith," co-owner of 
Smith 8c Alleiyfolloweci Schenck and 
detailed how Louis- B. Mayer and 
other Metro executives instructed 
im to hire Norman T. Nelson, and 
Harry Beatty, of Local 110, as 'sales- 
men' of ' raw filiri'. to Metro,' both 
rawing $125 weekly and - 7% 'com-" 
mission.' The 'commission' went to 
ioff. Smith testified that neither 
Nelson nor Beatty rendered any ac- 
tual sale's service and' often did not 
appear. 

Defense Gains Point 
By Coston Testimony 

The defense made its most impor- 
tant gain to date when James E, 
Coston, Western zone manager' of the 
Warner Theatre.' Circuit, took .the 
stand Monday (8). and revealed, un- 
der cross-examination, that as early 
as 1932 Warners had an arrangement 
whereby it Was paying 'someone' $1,- 
060 for. every second man taken out 
of a Warner projection booth in. Chi- 
cago; ■ v 

For Coston's testimony established 
the fact that Warner's was paying 
off in 1932 to keep labor costs <fbwn 
two years before Browne 'became 
IATSE president and before the Chi 
cago 'outfit" swung into, action. The 
$26,000 paid by Warners in 1932, Cos 
ton admitted, was 'paid for taking 
the men out of the booths.'" 

Under a hammering cross-examir 
nation, Coston spent the day outlin 
ing his own role in., the.' payments. 
He. revealed that Warners began 
paying for 'eliminated' projection 
ist.s in January, 1932, through one 
Jack Miller, business manager of the 
Chicago Exhibitors' Assn. 

Tells of Bernhard Meeting 
Two-three weeks after the death 
of Tom. Malloy, business agent of 
Local- 110 projectionists), Chicago, 
Willie Bioff appeared on the scene, 
demanded $30,000. and told Coston, 
We're going to do business differ 
entry -than the way Malloy did.' ioff 
insisted that Miller, the middleman, 
should be by-passed, and dealings 
should, take place with film, com 
panies directly.' Coston testified how 
he, Browne and Bioff .flew, to New 
York, where he introduced the pair 
of. racketeers to. Joseph Bernhard 
v.p. of Warners. 

Later Coston learned from Stewart 
McDonald, assistant Warner' control 
ler, that, a $30,000 check would be is 
sued. Said: Coston on Monday 
knew that the $30,000 was for the 
specific purpose of giving, the money 
to Bioff.' According to Coston, War 
ners saved about $300,000 on wages 
to projectionists between 1932 . and 
1935, with these deals. 

In both cases, the payments wer 
disguised as 'legal expenses' paid ; to 
the Chicago law. firm of Chapman 
and Culler, attorneys for Warners, 
Costoriv also testified that Warners 
paid part ot the income lax demand 
ed from (he Torn Malloy estate by 
the. government. . 

Cpslbn Cold further about Bioff': 
.1936 deal with the Warners.' . th 
lime amounting lo 5"<- of the Warner 
intake; The effect of this arrange 
ment," Coston admitted, Avas that Bi 
off was paid while the Chicago pro 
jcclionisls -went without the 20 r, c 
pay cut restoration they were de 
manding. : . 

Earlier in the day t Coston told of 
Bioft's agitation .when, in 1940, it de 
yeloped the racketeer would have to 
go to jail on his old pandering sen 
tence." "..Bioff asked Coston to be 



character witness, but Coston refused 
and told Bioff to go to jail. 'Not 
without Joe Schenck,' Coston said 
Bioff answered, "Im too big of a shot, 
too important a man in the industry.' 



Ungar, Roddy East 

Hollywood, Nov. 9; 1 
Arthur Ungar, editor of Daily 
Variety, and Ralph Roddy, labor re- 
porter for the same paper, trained 
today (Tues.). for New York; Where 
they have been subpoenaed as' wit- 
nesses in the. motion picture ex- 
tortion trial in U. S. District Court. 
: Labor leaders going, east at the 
same , time for the ..same purpose 
were Herb Sorrell and Curly. Davis. 



BALLARD JOINS FEIST 
ON SPECIAL M-G BALLY 

Harry Link; general prof, mgr, of 
Feist, has just put the finishing 
touches to a plan,, long contemplated, 
to. further . 'exploit' Metro picture' 
songs in cooperation with the 39 
field representatives associated with 
the film company. 

Link's idea is to plan special pro- 
motion campaigns on each important 
song, furnishing the local Metro 
reps with a detailed scheme for local 
plugging to augment the advance 
.promotion used by Feist. •; The local 
bands and singers, will be contacted 
by Metro reps, with local radio sta- 
tions, newspapers, theatre organists, 
tc, handled in much the manner 
used by Link's N. Y.- staff and six 
field representatives. 

Pal Ballard, former p.a- for Fred 
Waririg' artd NBC; has been engaged 
by Link lo handle this special pro- 
motion and Ballard will work 'close- 
ly with the various Metro, local reps; 
also channeling press, stories through 
the N. Y. Metro exploitation dept., 
working up special, stunts, fieups, 
etc, to be used in each locality in 
advance of the picture. 

First picture to be-handled in this 
mariner - is 'Thousands Cheer,' soon 
to be released 'nationally. 



'hilly Cues 'Diary* Preem 
To Leathernecks* Anni 

Philadelphia, Nov. 9. 
The world premiere of 20th Cen- 
tury-Fox's 'Guadalcanal Diary' to 
morrow (Wed.) will^be the main 
feature' of the city's celebration of 
the 168th anniversary of the found: 
ng of the U. S". Marine Corps. 

In fact, the ballyhoo surrounding 
the film will be. virtually the entire 
celebration in Philly, birthplace of 
the leathernecks. 

Picture will be shown sirnultane- 
ously at a banquet at the Bellevue- 
Stratford Hotel given by the city of 
Philadelphia and at the Fox. where 
the seats have been priced at $5' each 
the proceeds of the showing to go to 
the Emergency Aid's , service kit 
fund. 

Preceding the showing of the film 
will be a- tableau at which 125 Ma- 
rines from the Navy Yard here pres 
ent 'The Spirit of Guadalcanal. 
Twenty-one men who were wounded 
at Guadalcanal will receive medals 
of valor on the Fox stage. 

Celebs, including Prestpn Foster 
Phil Regan, Lowell Thomas , and 
Lucy Monroe, will 'bicycle' befween 
the. Bellevue banquet and : the the 
atre. Also to be present will be Lt 
Matthew Keogh, Marine Chaplain 
who is the real life counterpart o 
the character played by. Foster, in the 
picture. 

20lh-Fox execs scheduled to alteiul 
are W. C. . Kupper, general sales 
manager; W. C. Michel, executive 
v.p. and treasurer, and Hal Home 
director of advertising and publicity 
In the absence of Spyros Skouras, 
prexy, Michel will receive the. cita 
lion from the city of Philadelphia to 
20th-Fox. 



Omaha's Second B.O. Tilt 
But Nobody's Squawking 

Omaha, Nov. 9 
, Major- house operators coming ou 
bf the bomb-proofs, following sec 
ond lipping of admissions^ surprised 
at complete calm' and freedom from 
squawks. : Recently, prices went from 
40 to 50c lop, and . only a few day 
ago. . they were shot to 55c. Public 
shelling oci't without' .howling.'.'-:. 

Orphcum maintains its. 65c. lop for 
stage show's but drops to -55c for its 
rare allrfilm programs, one of which 
conies in following current bill. 

BRAND DUE IN N. Y. 

. Harry Brand, head of 20th-Fo 
publicity advertising at the studio, 
is due in- New York from the Coast 
spine time after Now 12. ' 

He will huddle with 20th toppers 
in N. Y. 



JL). Promotions; 
Exchange Briefs 

Atlanta, Nov. 9. 
As forecast,' William K. Jenkins 
was named prez of Lucas & Jenkins 
circuit. His former post was v.p, and 
g.m. and he has been titular head .of 
chain since death of Arthur B. 
Lucas; founder. Name of operating 
company he heads was changed from 
Gebr ' Theatres Service Corp.' to 
Georgia Theatre Co. 

Mrs. Arthur Lucas, widow of , cir- 
cuil's founder, was named' -v!p. , 

Following ' meeting, which was at- 
tended by New York reps of Para- 
mount Theatres Service ' Piolures, 
Inc., partners in Georgia-wide L. & 
J. chain, following promotions were ' 
announced. 

Mrs. Alma King, former, city mgr. 
at Brunswick, placed in charge of 
newly created, post of district public 
relatibns mgr., and ' Harry Glenn, 
fprmer , Macon, theatre manager, 
named district, maintenance boss. 

District managers are John Cun- 
ningham, Savannah . district;. I. L.-: 
Shields, Columbus;- and T. O. Tabor, 
Athens. Thomas H. Read is . city.' 
mgr. and H. P. -Rhodes booker for 
circuit. 

L. & J. operates 43 houses in 14 
cities .throughout state, viz: Athens, 
Atlanta, Augusta, Brunswick, Bu- 
ford, ■ Barnesville, Columbus. Elber- 
ton, Gainesville, Macon. Moultrie, 
Savannah, St. Simons Island and 
Waycross. •'•; ■■ 

It was announced following Jenk- 
ns'. election that no changes in pol- 
cy of house management or methods 
of operation are '.contemplated!. 

Other recent changes in L. & J. 
personnel brought, in : Stuart Moore, 
erstwhile mgr. of chain's Grand at 
Maco'ri. as manager of /Fox; "circuit's 
ace 4,400-s'eater, here. Moore was 
with Sams' Theatres in North -Caro- 
lina before joining L. & J. 

pan- Hill, - formerly with Bariiford . 
Theatres in Asheville, N. C, as mgr. . 
and public relalioner, ■ was made 
city mgr. for circuit, at. Athens, Ga., 
succeeding T. O. Tahor,. who was' : 
promoted to district managership of 
L. & J. houses in Buford, Gaines- 
ville, Athens and Elberton. Hjl) was 
for 12 years mayor of. Asheville, ex- 
pre'z' of Asheville B.B club as well 
as Piedmont, League and barely 
missed, becoming prexy of Southern 
Bp Association. 



Schrelber's Heads Drive 

Detroit. Nov. 9. ': 
Alex Schreiber, president of Asso- 
ciated' Theatres, has been named mo, 
tion picture chairman of .the. Detroit 
War Chest drive. Also named to the 
committee for this month's drive are 
Frank Wetsman, circuit owner,' as cbr 
chairman; Joseph Lenahan. theatre 
insurance agent; -Arthur Robinson, 
circuit owner; Arvid Kantor. Nation-, 
al Screen Service, manager; Morris 
Dudelsbn and. Sydney Bowman, of 
UA: ' Irwin Pollard, manager for Re- 
public; Jay Frankel, Universal; Wil- 
liam Schuttenhelm,- Globe theatre 
manager; Ben Holmes,. Republic; and 
(.Continued on page 35) 



U.S. Shorts Awards to Be 
Made at Luncheon (Fri.) 

Judging of Universal's second fear 
turelte (shorts), exploitation cbiitest 
will be held. at a luncheon next Fir- 
day. <12) : at the Astor. hotel. Affair 
will be unusual in that there will be 
one guest of . honor and single, 
speaker, Bob O'Donnell, of the Texas 
Interstate circuit. 

Contest prizes total $3,000, plus a 
$500 silver trophy for best campaign: 
on 'Roar, Navy, Roar.' Leading exr 
hibitors and trade paper editors will 
pick the winners. 



Arthur Jeffrey Upped* 

Paul N, Lazarus, Jr., director of ad-.- 
vertising and publicity for United 
Artists, last week announced ap- 
pointment of Arthur Jeffrey as UA 
publicity manager. . 

Lou Pollock, appointed to fill the 
vaCancy occurring wh e n - Robin 
iCurly) Harris resigned to go Into 
the Army, will handle both .a'dv'er.lis--'; 
ing and.publ.icily matters In his po> 
as assistant to Lazarus. ' ! 
• Jeffrey was publicity director for 
Warner Bios., N! Y. theatres bol"ie 
joining OA in- iS-37. ■ 



UGAST WITH COL. :'. 

Edward Ugast, ■ formerly .of Par- 
amount's sales staff in N. 'Y.i ..has 
■joined Corumbia Picture's, exploita- 
tion department under Frank P. Ro- 
senberg. . 

Ugast will -work out. of the homf 
olfice. 



Wednesday, November 10, 194S 



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With. Dpr-othyv, Lamour. ■ '-: Victoj 1 . 
Moore and Dick Powell for the mar- 
quee, cxhibs have plenty to. play 
•with, in this 'escapist, musical. The 

■ comedy, is packed around, a western 
.yarn with .'superb Technicolor an 
added. asset. In toto. it represents 
plenty of wampum at. the wickets- 
extended runs and high grosses.. ' 

Lots of ingredients for a b.o. mu- 

■ .jtical are in this one. and. George 
Marshall makes the most o f a .rather 
flimsy framework/ An ex-burlesque 
principal (Dorothy Lamour) -lands 
back at- Her father's ill-fated silver 
"mine but ■ iii Arizona when, her 
show folds. She' finds that mining 
ienpiiieei' Dick Powell is. also back' 
.after trying' unsuccessfully to ^sell- 
stock in, salric mine..' Miss La- 
mbur lakes a' job at the' elaborate 
Dude Ranch cabaret, run by Cass 
Daley, in order . to help her' dad: 
"Victor Moore, slick- counterfeiter 
wanted in niany . states, persuades. 
Powell to merely flash the phoney 
lucre. Trick work's, there's a. -rush 
to grab the mining stock at any- 
price and usual- payoff, when the 
mine actually comes in. 

Miss Lamour gets more lo do and 
displays more talent than in pre- 
vious .vehicles. Also, she dances.- 
her terps in 'Secretary to the Sul- 
tan!' clicking. She's also, a bjt re- 
vealing iiv'Iiijun Gal Heap; Hep,' one 
of elaborate production bits which 
permits Gil Lamb to do his eccen- 
tric dancing. " • 
"Victor Moore nls situgly into- the 
couhtcrXciter role, his droll witti- 
cisms being solid throughout. Open- 
ing poker game : sequence, ari ojdie. 
Is. given, a now twist, "but is topped 
by the series ' of succeeding- gags.; 
Cass Daley makes the grade in her 
rough- r n'-ready part of Dude- Ranch 
owner, on the make for MoOre. Her 
mugging .'is. held to a. minimum ','*5t-. 
ccptihg in- 'Willie, the Wolf of the 
West.' comedy, song-dance number., 
played with all stops out. Contain-' 
ing many bits fuOm. her vaiide act 
It's a howl.. Powell is .Powell again, 
but managing to- carry the" -romance, 
with Miss Lamour nicely. Lamb, as 
the under-sheriff seeking the coun 
f erf eitcr. plays it dumb' right to the 
hilt for tpp returns. . He also tecs' off 
the mad act of the Mill Brilton band; 
as an amateur musician making his 
debut. This builds into the familiar 
roughhouse bahd routine. All done 
countless. times before oh the stage, 
but deft direction and • carhcraing 
take ih every angle for strong re 
suits. It's one of funnipst scenes in 
film. There's a chuck-wagon .race, 
v with the counterfeit coin, figuring, 
. as a climax that's high slapstick, but 
j sbeko. . 

| Of Hie several Songs. 'You're the 
r Rainbow.' duetcd by Miss Lamour 
and PoWell. 'Whistling in the' Light' 
and 'Secretary to the Sultan' appear 
most likely. 'Get Your Man.' with 
. the fcirimcs in V'mountic' garb, 
given a nice ljuildup. with the chorus 
doing a trimly executed dnll. 

Picture has 'been given strong 
mounting by producer Fred Kohl 
mar. Karl Stiiiss and Harry Hallcn 
borgcr contribute A-l camera work 
. with the uniformly fine photography 
helped by excellent color, super- 
vision -.-of Natalie Kalmils. Wear: 



far removed from present: film en- 
lerlninmont requircinenls. . Only 
'starring tiio of Margaret Sullavaii/ 
Ann Sothorii and . joan Blondell 
gives sufficient marqure Voltage for 
billloppihg position ill key bookings. 

Plot, sets up all'k'iiime east tossed 
into a Ijoinb sholier at Biitaan,' with 
nine, girls- rounded up from' evacua- 
tion of Manila' to fiinclioii a'S volun- 
teers iil ah (iuttaiul ifield hospital. 
Each p( the nine are; from various 
field's <if. endeavor, iiulmling wait-- 
re.-ss Ann- Sothorii. and . fiirnicr -biii'r 
loyqiie performer Joan londell. 
" iris- are "assigned auxiliary spots 
around the camp. but. practically all 
>i[ the 'footage' conters in the bomb 
shelter, for lenglhy dialog and men- 
Gil' reactions of the individuals as 
Oie. going ; gets lnugiver. Miss 'Sul- 
layn'n, as Army, niiiso in charge ■•.of 
fhe.:cout'iiigei\t, keeps mo vihg despite 
severe sufieriiig from malignant ma- 
laria.. At the finish,' with- the. Japs 
closing, in. the girls' bravely march 
out of the shelter' to sunondcr to 
the Nips. 

est thing about the. film is. the; 
capable cast tossed in for, group of 
generally fine perforniances, despite 
the -inadequacies', of 'the plot in both 
suspense and movement. Miss SU1- 
layan delivers, strong portrayal' of 
the Army nurse,. With Misses Solh-: 
ern and Blondell clicking solidly in 
respective', roles'. Others of the dozen 
girls dp okay., although at times -it: 
is hard to distinguish individual' per-, 
sonalitics due to khaki" unifprnis and 
ijenerally smtidged^ faces; Richard 
Thorpe is restricted en : di rcetion. tp 
following tdo stagey a script, with 
no eharice ; of generating .more than, 
honiin^l suspense at' points; where it 
should reach peaks. Wutt, 



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Miniature Reviews 

iiliiiR JliRh* (Musical; Color)'. 
i]>ar'i. F.isf - 'moving musical 
.-■pells plenty of b.o, wanipuhi. , 

"Cry ': Havoc'* . i JtG ): Drama ' 
with all-fenimc ca.st .tossed into. 
Batnan bomb sbelloiv Star.- .w ill 
.carry it. 

: 'Happy Land' . I2()ih), Stout 
i)n^<)(rk'o wi.ll\ holdover's \\\ most' 

' spots. '. -' .. -. ' 

: ' 'His: uilcr's . 

top attraction . " 

Diirbin series. 

' " i'mc for liOvc* -.(Par V.' 

Claudettc Colbert. Fred Mac- 
.MuiTyyislarred. in.laiigh-proyok- ; 
Jnii' comedy. Okay b.o. ; : 

•The Cross of Lorraine' ,i'M-G). : 

Well made, 'but heavy' drama, 

unfolding in a German niilitury 

prison camp. ..'...-; 
. 'Footligbt Clamour' (Col). 
.'Fourteenth" in 'Blondie' series 

saved by plenty of slapstick. 

Okay as lower drialcr;' ■ V 
'Government IRKO). 

Syhlhetic tale of pVercrowded" 
..Washington' will, catch nipderate 

attentipn in regular runs. ' 

.'Henry ' Aldrlch Haunts a House' 

i Par)., SatisfaclPiy chiller tor, 

the duajs. ' . ..' . . 

. 'Tha Falcon -and. the Co -Eds' 

•Good entry in the Falcon whp- 

dunit series. ■. 

■ 'Yellow Canary* CBrit.)) Anna 
Neagle and- Richard Greene spy: 
"meller shPuld do okay ph both 
hemispheres^ ! - 
. 'Drums o( ' Fu Mancbu*- (Rep)! 
Sp-sp thriller adapted frem se- 
rial;'vpassablc ' kid- audiences 
and nabes. ' : 

'Minesweeper* ^Par). " ', Deals "■ 
with Navy 's ' attempt to clear U.S. 
'sea lanes of mines. OK dualer. 

'Man From the .^io' Grande' 
(Rep). Don .'Red' Barry has 
Twinkle Watts as siipport in this 
standard 'B' western dualer. 

'Deerslayer* "(Rep). ■ Mediocre 
Indian drama of nickleodeon-da'y 
period. For filler dates ..at kid ; 
matinees. . 

'The Lamp SUI1 Burns* (Brit.). 
Rates as one el top English Alms 
of year. Produced by late Leslie; 
Howard. • ' ■ 



in reality the ' . butler to :eomposer 
Fraiu'Jiot' Tone. She's' inducted as 
maid in the baehclor peiilhousc but. 
fired ' two days on ■■■insistence. oX 
O'Brien, afraid of lining his job; if 
she. siiigs to .6itch Tone's attention.: 
Of course, the coiii'poser "beenincs in-; 
lorosleii in girl, llicy -fall in love,' 
O'Brien sepai ato.s; lliein. hut the pair 
are liiuilly. rcuiiitcd; lor, the fadeout 
clinch. . '., ' • .'.':' " 

Ucsplle talc's .fragility, piclnrc i». 
hi'imfui of. light and anuisiDM situa ; - ; 
lions io all line it poVfeclly to pris- 
oiil audience reciuireme'nls for.' es- 
capist fare. . Miss Durbih is --e=|>c»iv' 
ligliled Willi finc'-performaiU'c as the. 
y.oiing ahd ambitious singer. gclling : 
soiisilive dircclioii under Frank Bpr- 
zage. • Foiii- songs, all in. tbp voice, 
include- the aria. 'Tiirnad6t. ,: (he Vic- 
tor Ilerbcrl-Ilenry Blossom: 'When 
You're ;AWay." a- 'nussian Mctilcy,' , 
arrangemcrit' by ' Max iibinowitch. 
aiid a new func ,by e'niie Gross- 
niari aiid' Walter Jurman. .'in . the 
Spirit; of the Mpment.'. which lias a 
chance for pop attention. 

O'Brien clicks solidly as the but- 
tling older brother. ■ while Tone ef- 
fectively carries ; i ornantic responsi- 
bilities. Akim TamirofT,' Alan Mow;: 
bvay-, 'Frank • Jcnks land .Sig Arnp 
cpmprise ■ a ; semi-cemedy; cembo; 
Waller Catlett is a wacky stage pre- 
ducer, and Elsa Janssen stands put 
as the kindly CPPk, Borzage's direc- 
tion is consistent threughput and 
smacks oyer, .nulne.rptis. nttcntien-. 
arresting episodes. for .maximum at-- 
tentioh. Original screenplay bv Shin 
Bbffenstein and Betty Reinharilt dis- 
plays flrie craftsmanship, whilb pro- 
ducer Felix Jackson demonsUates 
aunate knowledge of cinematic story 
requirements lor. best, display ' of 
Miss: Durbiii's; talents. Production is 
topgra'de' ' all technical deparl- 
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meets Mr. Muscles, While June Havoc 
is the:, tough chorine who- makes h 
play Xpr MacMurray. 
. the si pry itself cpuld have bperi 
mere plausible in spots, naniclv the- 
pat flhal scenes In which MacMur- 
ray is: suddenly revealed as spme- 
what -of; an:. engineer— a guy - with 
brains— instead of jiust another sah(l- 
hog.. It's a switch: belied - by (he 
dcsc-dosCTdem characterization Mac- 
Murray; giS>es during the eiiiiro pie. 
But then,, the 'smart' Miss 'Colbert' 
couldn't very well leaiii' up Wit)i just 
another sandhog, ceuld she? 

Knhn. 

> > Thc Cross of Lorriiimv 

Hollywood. Nov. 10. ; 
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Film version of the over-theatric 
.play which was. originally presented 
at a Hpll.vwpod : little theatre under 
. 'Cry Havoc* and taken to New York 
tinder title ofPrpoit'Thro' the Night V 
is a decidedly staged piece which Is 



MacKinlay Kantor's hovel, which 
appeared in serial iorm in the Satur- 
day Evening Post and Reader's Di- 
gest, has been, turned, into a strong 
tearrjerker mainly .through the keen 
production given by Kenneth. Mac-, 
gowan and directorial skill of Irving 
Pichcl. Combined efforts Pt -this 
pair, plus a trim^ writing jpb. sets 
pff a string of -performances topped 
by Don Amechc, Frances Dee. Harry 
Carey and Richard Crane. Story is 
particularly applicable lo times, 
dealing with a father whose son is. 
killed in action-. 

•On sheer dramatic values and su- 
perb .performances. ."'Happy Land' 
looms as a highly profitable grosser, 
with holdovers likely Jn most spots. 
Picture has ah extensive ready-made 
audience if readers of the ori ihal' 
story can be sold. 

.Kalhryii Scola and Julian Joseph- 
son's scripting has successfully spot- 
lighted the .situation, for those who 
hayc lpst soils in the. present War.. 
'Happy Land' is; the stpry of a typ- 
ical IoWa country town and a typ- 
ical family (Uie. Marshes), their, joys, 
dlsappbinlmehts and sorrows..' plpt 
has drugstore orj'eratpr Ameche be-: 
reaved ever ; the less of his son. 
killed iiv naval action'.; Return ot 
Gramp. his father: dead tor some 25' 
years., in the form of; an apparition, 
is the device used to unfold; the prin- 
cipal story up until Richard Crane 
is killed in service. Explanation of 
this visienary appearance is - that 
Grain p Has returned, to set Ameche 
right', since the grief-stricken lather 
claims that Crane never really lived 
—never had a hpmo pf his own, had 
net married, etc. 

Flashback method: then trace's the 
:litc; pf the youngster fi-Pnl\ bil-th, 
through Boy Scoiirdays. high 'schppi; 
vacations . at home, .wprk: in the 
.drugstore and finally . to. uhivci'sityr- 
then 'Volunteering fer the Navy. It 
shows Ameche as he came. back from 
the First World. War. his happy ma'r- 
ridgo-^nd devotion' to his young 
son,- . The homey, down-to-earth 
touches in this story, pf the Marsh 
family, are the real meat of the 'pic- 
lure^ One is told that Lew Marsh 
imagines all this, W'ilh the vision in- 



troduced to lend : realism ; the- 
screen,; 

Climax is ;yi'heri ; Pne .pf the boy's 
pals in the . navy visits.'; the .Marsh 
family and gives them. the first-hand, 
account of hPw their son. gave his 
life attempting to save Pthers. ■ '. 

Don Ameche, . usually iii lighter 
'roles..- makes the character Pf Lew 
Marsh a vivid profile. It Is a role 
that might easily, be overdone. ' but 
isn't. Frances Dee, as his wife*, is 
outstanding as the understanding 
mate.". . -Harry Carey turns in his 
usual strong performance as Gramp. 
the Civil War - veteran.;'-. -who- sets 
Marsh straight. Ami Rutherford- is 
topnoteh as R usty 's sweetheart, while 
Richard Crane dpes yepman wprk 
as the Rusty of high school and 
Navy age. ; Larry Olsen is clever as 
the Rusty of five years. Henry Mpiv, 
gan. cast as Tony, pal pf Rusty in 
the Navy, dees well with a dramatic 
bit. Unusually big and well-picked 
suppertihg cast is headed by Miner 
Watspn. Cara Williams. Dickie 
Mepre^ iDscar O'Sheai Richard Ab- 
bott and Roseanne Murray. 

Besides his intelligent direction. 
Irving Pichel Has made smart use 
of patriotic tunes and musical score 
tp accentuate' the' yarn. Joseph La 
Shclle contributes a unifprmly ex- 
cellent camera jpb,- while ' Dorothy 
Spencer's editing. -is topflight. 

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(SONGS) ;..:■; 

. Hollywood, Nbv, 9. . 

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Universal swings, strictly 'to the 
Cinderella: formula for plot 6t De- 
anna Durbih's. 13th starrer, 'His But- 
ler's Sister.'.': Neatly contrived situ- 
ations. Consistently good pace, excel- 
lent cast 'and. four songs by Miss 
Durbiii combine to make this a top 
attraction of the Durbin' series. 

Familiar . plot - is embellished With 
fine performances and' entertaining 
sitiiatipns. . Miss: Durbin : hits New 
York froni her Indiana town/ to em- 
bark on a singing career through 
visit to older, brother, ''Pat: O'Brien, 
whom she figures. Wealthy but whp> 



Escapist is. the wprd. and 'No Time 
for Love" is jUsl thai. in. spades.. Star- 
ring. ClaUdelle Colbert, aiid 'Fred 
MacMurray .iii . a Claude Binypn 
screenplay that's heavily lpatled 'for 
laughs, this Paramount pic is rather 
obviously . contrived in some of . its 
situations, but- there's .ho. denying, a 
sufficiency of crack dialog— and the 
laughs that go with' it-^-to make for 
strpng bpxpfflce. 

: Mitchell: Leisen has' handled both 
the pveductipn and direelien , reins', 
giving 'No . Time' . bplh barrels on 
each count. There's a nifty set of 
characters.' and some of them should 
be. .provocatively-' topical in their, ap- 
parent copy— at. least partially— from 
several real-life personalities of the 
New York and' Hollywood literati set. 

Story concerns a fampus femm'e 
photographer for a national picture 
.magazine (Miss Colbert), and the 
complications that evolve when, on 
an assignment to lens a- tunnel con- 
struction project; she meets up with 
a san'dhpg (MacMiirrayV. . 
-"-.-From 'there- on the basic slorv : is 
pretty much -pretense. -but. the laughs 
come fast. 'and the performance.-, by 
Miss Colbert and iMacMurray are 
capital, ^here's one riotous ; se- 
quence, in particular, When Mac- 
Murray jealously; eyes one- of (hose 
body beauts posing ' for Miss Col- 
bert and seeks to. show him up.'- It's 
scathing satire aimed at the so 
called 'strong' men. aiid Miss Col 
bert at times also contributes a 'cari- 
cature of ; the :profession ' she char 
aclerizes. ' 

Miss Colber* emphasizes her flair 
for comedy and doesn't sparc-bcr.sell 
either in relegating her usual sar- 
torial elegi.nci-. fer the.isalte Pf seri- 
ous story, values, as .indicated in the 
climactic scene when she gets' spilled 
into a . lake of spewing, mud from a 
tunnel cave-in. The stene is plaved 
straight, • and '. it might ordin-frTiy 
have seemed: dangerous: for an ac-' 
tress; of Miss -Colbert's always su- 
perbly. coutouriei'ed : manner to have 
become.inv.plvcd In such an undigni- 
fied situation, but there 'should ''-be 
scarcely a thought in that d'Uection: 
since Leisen's; direction h'as caught 
the scene as intended. . , 

Castor supporting players is head- 
ed by Ilka Chase; Richard Haydn, 
Paul McGrath and June Havbt, arid 
all give nifty performances, though 
their parts are li iled in scope be- 
cause the. story is so' pertinently di- 
rected at the starred pair. Miss 
Chase is in one pf her usual spphisti- 
caled roles, that of Mjss' Colbert's 
sister. The '.haraclei*: could Have 
been given greater substance. Havdn 
is • okay as the -somewhat 'parasitic 
composer. McGrath is the magazine 
publisher, and. boss of Miss Cplberh 
with whom. she's affianced, un'tll- she 



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... ...... lixliii'liV I'lirll'l . 

.. . .*.,llil'l( K.l»:.l.l|.. .IV.. 

. i y : I'ii'liiLt'.l llyi-ii 

, : .i. I''i-i'.li'i'l.-k tiii'i-iiinlih: 



Detailing; the graphic adventures 
of French war prisoner's Who ^subi. 
milled to Nazi • armistice premises 
and were carted off Ib Germah niiKy 
tary camps. :. with siibsequenf tor- 
tures, cruelties and starvation by' 
their captors in ai^ attempt, to bend 
them' to the new.: order. :Tlie Cross 
of Lorraine' is. heavy drama,; Its- 
boxoffice appeal will , depend a lot' 
on its selling. 

As ,a cinematic' 'reenaetment Ot 
various factual information on treat- 
ment of former French soldiers ih 
German military, encnmpmeiits. pic- 
ture provides ]a vivid display of bar- 
baric tortures by the Nazis.: It's too 
stolid . and . grucseirie, vvilhput any 
semblance of lightness... ; .- 

StOry unfblds slowly,: with .iuueh' 
footage given over to individual 
characterizations and tlic effect of 
the Nazi ;. double-crossing of the 
■French soldiers. . The camp living, 
conditions, the. cruelties aiid. nilh- 
lcssness pf the German, officers.- and 
gradual starvation of the; prisoners 
are.: vividly- sketched ' isodic 
fashion. 

Opening picks up at the Franco- 
German- armistice, with French sol- 
diers surrendering on promises of 
being returned . to their hoiiies and 
families. One group is herded into 
a boxcar and dumped e(T at camp in 
occupied France.-. Gone Kelly is .tot'— 
tured without submitting to. ..German' 
demands to. .cppperalc: Jean -Pierre. 
Aumont unwillingly keeps iii ' line 
until time arrives to get' his friends 
out. to freedom, and acrpss the line 
into unoccupied France where they, 
can sneak pff to. join. the. Free 
French forces. 

■' All-male cast is adequately set up, 
.with entire troupe '.providing excel- 
lent Individual characterizations un- 
der deft direction by Toy Garnclt, 
who was hot wholly able to over- 
come the heaviness of the script. 
Picture is adequately mounted in all 
production ' departments.; Waif.-.. . 

Foolllghf. filamour 

; rrilumbl-l r(-1e'|in0 of. l-'i-inilk Slr.'iyi-r priir 
(UicLlnii.' Fo.'ilurP'* lloillly Sinifii-uiii. Ailliin* 
J^Hke uMil -l.iirry Slmiiiii; J "irrrli-.l Iiy l-'ii.nk 
SLrnyer. ■ SH-repin'liiy. . Km-'-n. l.>j\v'..if.. -iVihI 
( s 6hnlft r>0, Imfn'il «n c ; iiiii|,' slrlp. 'Itj»iulii'.' 
I.y ctil-: YnuiiKt I'iniiV'i'.'i.- I'liilhi "I'niiiin.ii;. 
I'llllin:. -nir'hni'ir.F-lntl. -At, l-'ux; r.i-iiiiklyn, 
illliil. w«.fk of Nov.. '\'.\: JlllliniiiK llnic, 
m MINS, 



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Hiiliilnli'ih ' AV-liPp|(.|' 

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This 14th in the 'Blondie' scries is 
a roulihe iob, hut manages" lo net 
laughs in- .last few reels via a slap- 
slick play-wilhin-a-plny. Thanks 10 
this angle, it makes the b.o, grade' as 
a dualer. 

Story • concerns efforts, of a real 
estate . prompter, Jehathair. Hale, 
to induce a tool manufacturer 
(.Thurston. Hall) to set lip ,a. war 
plant near former's hew apartment 
houses- Halo enlists <iid : of: his' em- 
ployee, Arthur Lake. But plans are 
nearly gummed v lip .when. ■ Lake's 
Wife, Penny Singleton, helps pro- 
duce a play written by Hall's daugh- 
ter, Ann Savage. Hall has been op- 
posing daughter's stage career. • 
: Situations built: around efferts to 
keep Hall from seeing the play;: and 
hoked-up. production of the play il- 
sclf, provide the laughs. Usual sl.ap- 
slick . devices such as wreng sound 
effects, trapdoors that open when 
they shouldn't, and fumbled lines go 
over big'. Performances of . Lake. 
Miss Singleton, Larry Simms and 
Daisy, , the dog, are delivered in 
■standard 'Bumstead' .manner. Sup- 
porting players turn ih workmanlike 
jebs. . . . ■ 

Good ..pace prevents ' otherwise 
weak script from bogging do\vn film. 



We»lues<loy. November 10, 19 13 



FILM REVIEWS 



35 



■ ; oovi'rnnient Girt 

Hollywood, Nov. 4. 

- 'K(> :«f DiMI'py Ni'-)n>l» iu'ihIuc- 

i- , <iin'i. Olli-in" ilu ■■ Jliivllliiml. ■ . 
«"'in'n- Tun-: riTiiinvi) Aiinp. Slilrli'.v. I>i- 

' r V.,..,i ''In- .N'iitliils. t-N v iplliy. .Nu llum. 

A.l'inli'-l •'■■>■"'' Si-<iullll'tff fl'0111 Slury. Ii>; 
\ If! l C'ii-iJ*' S1j '.!»»Ihi: Wimenf. .Frank 
i'..liiiii>- ■vllliii'. nnliihil CiliWH. . Tfiulr-. 
Ih.Aui in I.. A. i Soy* .0. '43.. nuiinliiif. 

/.-. .:. . ...... .Olivia ile imvlllAiul 

«-:•.»•. • '.,•;'- •••>••• 

it , . ....... ; Annie Shirley 

ll'ill i ' . "> i ■ Jl'SK ' Mill-k.T. 

v.-.fru'.-Tiii '• •'• • ■ ■ '■:• - ■'■ • • . .-Tttinvs, Dunn 

ii'ii.ni li ■ • - •-'• • • ' •'■•■• • •'• Sir-vvni i 

Mm Wiicin .. . AKn«» SliHiicjieinI 

ii,.inil.ir M:ii A M l;i-r3. .. '.thirty. Dnvenpiirl 
Vr* I in i i >■■■'■ '■ ■ ■'■ • ■ ■ ■ ■ • . . - . • ;Unn Ct'pnnnr 

■ iiN I :s.-.'M>il(y'. ........... iSif?: Rimi.in 

'I' 1 .i.itvv. • ■ -V.. • ....... i :.Tnn* Dn.r.wiHl 

O.iint ! iii'iillii^kl. .v.' ■ , .George Glrpi- 



•Govcrnment Girl" satirically en 
dcavors to picture the. confusion Sur- 
round ' n K* n c girls living arid work-' 
jrig in overcrowded Washington. 
The idea is good, but the results arc 
not up to expectations. ' Picture 
Strains- to generate spontaneity, . but 
only partially accomplishes that aim, 
. With marquee voltage of Olivia de 
'Havilland and- newcomer Sonny 
Tufts, picture will roll through regu- 
lar runs as a billtopper for moder- 
ately profitable biz. ... 

.'. Dudicy Nichols debuts as a direc- 
tor hero, but hardly measures: rip' on 
that end: He- overplays- situations 
arid characters', arid never quite .gets 
the ' talc into, an effervescing groove: 
Miss' dc Havilland is forced to hit 
broad slapsticks, and Jhnugging in 
handling -the title spot, and delivers 
synthetic portrayal' that . never 
rings true. 

Miss'd'e Havilland. plays an office 
■worker in .War Construction . Board 

• offices, Tufts is a. brilliant young 
production engineer brought in as' a- 
dollar-a-yfc.ar man to speed up the 

. plane, output.; Pair's introduction is 

'coupled with a Wild and. broadly 

'. Senncttized motorcycle chase around 
Washington, and- they team up as. 
boss and secretary in the wild con- 
fusion of the capital. Tufts breaks 

■ bottlenecks with disregard of red 
tape. ' while the : girl; is continually 
bewildered by his actions in filching 
priorities of. other divisions in order 
to speed plane production.. ' There's 

;skullduggery,.: with promotion for a' 
Seriate committee investigation; with 
Miss de Havilland strangely: appear- 
ing to make a rousing , speech in- 

. Tuft's, behalf to squelch .. the' prb.- 
cccdingV. 

Running gag, which- starts at 
opening ,. with;' .marriage . of Anrie 
Shirley to Army -sergeant James 
Dunn in a. crowded hotel lobby, has 
the couple trying to-ftrid . a room for 
their honey mbbn' night, which they 
finally tab right at the flriish. It's 
overdone with too- frequent footage, 
but serves .purpose for mild laughs 
at times. 

. Tufts clicks as the engineer, and 
again, shows that: he is of definite 
starring -timber. -In addition to Miss 
Shirley and Dunn, Jess Barker, Paul 
Stewart and Agnes Moorehead are 
most prominent in support: Walt.. 

If oriry AldrJeh llniinls 
. a House ■• 

-T;iV:ininiint r.eli.Jiso ViC -Mi.-lli'l Kl'liiUr-' l»vo-. 
-ilu. tI.hi: ■• ' lvi..'ii ii|.,.s . .linnny l^y.loii. 0|i:i i-lf* 
•H«|i|h. -.Irigi l.ili l. lillvp HlnkPin'y: ■ ;l«m 
M.ullm.'l'. Viiufcliinf .UfclkPr. • Dil'ecl'tl l»y 

KiiLili . J i .' 1 ..-Si-rconplay. Yal )tiii'iii>i. 
Murli'i K.iy. tsnli.in: i.rnmci-a. . llnnM . -.1,. 
r Kii»l': . ,..|il,.i-. . KvrrcU UihikIiih. Tr:i.li.-- 
wh'.uvn in S"i.\v Yui'k, . Xqv. 5. .'AX- ItlinniiiK 
li.ii-; 1:1 .11 ins: 



.- Jl-niy Ai.U-i.-h; .-. 

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Mb.. - .VMi'i. li. ., 

ilK AI.I1I.I1.. .;, 

VMa- T„uns. 

Mr., l-.i.i.ll.^ . . 

M-liil i:i.|.-,.i;,.r'.. ...... 

. Mr. Qul.l -.'...i... 

<uin lii.i.-.ki-i-.; :;. ... ..; 

Sh:.,l,.iv ;-. ... . 1. . ..... , 

• ■lij.-f ..I- l'.,llc,. Ili-c.ly.. 
' (Ma.iiiifiilait . ... ..... ... . 

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rii:i.ril.. ;• ; ... 

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TIi,. M:, > ,>r:.; 
Mrs.'. Xiii'ris.. 

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BHiiinirtli ...... 

ATr. Wi l-jlil . . 

iiv;i»ws. 

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..... Jimmy I.ydon 
... .'Chiirlffl' t<niilh 
. ..To<>n l.llr-l 
....(llivi: Blillvfiioy 
. .'. ..Itiiill ?hr»n-l iiiii-i- 
. . YiumlMIl: .(;i:d<i ; c 
. . .-. ..luck lp Mni:iii 
.l.urion r.llllolii-M 
.-.UonfMo ■ An'li-i-«'»n 
. . . .Mlko illiziirlii 
..... Mkiii' Dpni-im: 

.'C'llarlOH I'alK' 

.Krrrian Crliiiw 
, t. ..Jack t:n l-tl lir-l- 
....Wlllinm' Imiiau 

.FerriH 'raylm- 
....... Anllu lliiisii-c 

Cioorco Jt. ('nil.Mwi 

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.......Viuil. Mi-Vi-y 

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iah'oii nn<l th«> Co-lul* 

, . (ONE SONG) 

Hollywood, Nov. 5.' : 

- Tt.K'i) r.'l.' no i.f ' M:iui |i .. '<;-..| nuiii - |, r :i. 
il.iK-l.inii. Si..i.s : 'I'mju (V,ii\v'iy. I»ii;-. r...| h-. 
«i'.li:iiil r:..ai.Mi.-. ' ^.•■ .■|.n|.l:,.j.. Ai il.-l . \\ ,., '. 

:^r;,i£hi >'; iil-l-^lit:i^ . M'ury -i,v 
liii.*-:'! ini;i-h:riiu l.-r i-i ,,i',.;i 
Ai |.-li: ' i'.-iMU'lii-.' |:.Vv .limn 
IV Wan'li. Ti!ni"~]i..'.\ji. ,1 

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in. I ii»rajii 
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lirm-lir-li, . . . 
Ili.lli.Valt. . . . 

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|: Brandon ...is. prbpcrlv menacing as 
pianclui, William' Rovlc is- sufficiently 

lforuie as the Br.jtbn, arid the others 
I. arc okay for their nee'ds.; Direction' 
|;is tolerable, 'for a,' kid picture. Thb 
. filii-i is pcculiarl.y (l)sic'ndi:ig Jit limes, 
j arisin!{ frpiii tlvo facl-lhat. it is made 

up of serial iceU spliced together: 
! clinia.xes arc trcqueiit jjrid unresolved. 



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....... ...Tatli . IJnll 

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•'. The . Falcon, continues : his cine- 
matic super-sleuthing in this lively 
and. rieatly-cbncocted whoduiiit that 
will groove nicely ..'as ^supporting fare 
in the regular, dual houses. 

Tom Coriivay is called to an ex- 
clusive girls'. schbol : to investigate 
.-the -strange death of the professor- 
owner. . Running into tanglei'of con- 
flicting clues arid ' situations,, he 
finally tabs it as murder, arid then 
wends through series of episodes to 
eventually clear ttijngs- up'.and point 
to; the real culpri t. 
'-'. Dcspflc ' . its obvious whodunit, 
formula: picture gets' benefit. of good 
pace.' on the script .and. .directing '.ends 
to make it a. good entry in the ''.series: 
Conway capably handles the- title 
spot, getting good support: from Scan 
Brooks.' Rita. Corday. Amelita Ward-. 
Isabel . Jewell: George" Givot. Cliff 
Clark. Ed Gargan and ' . Barbara 
•Brown. . Patti Brill'jiings brie ini.orir 
sequential sorig'. >. . ' Walt. 



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n-.-..,Mitiii I-..J.':-,-:.. i,r Wiiiiuni. rin<..\\::ii 
:, ..ii.- 'rii...'ii .ii<-M.Ji|i ti.or. ' iKPatin i : s. Uli ImVii 
.\.'!-.|i. - J Wni : IMrk-T. Kiisx.a -llay,|.-n. ■ l'i.- 
r. r-i .-,i |.<- lyliii.uu ii.-i-k... . Sviv'.-niiii'y, 

w..|.I 'l , J T..UW*. ilii,| ..iliivvvcll S^alll*': ' i-.Mil- 
frai. Kr,"l. .Il|"ku|;i|i. ..Iv. : l>.ll|.ir. Willlalil 
'/.i» i:!.-i 'Tiaili'.vliifw 11 - 'lii ■ S", - y.. x Nov. &.. 



1>llow C'anary 

(BRITISH-MADE) 

; London. Oct. 19. 

j:K|l i-iil-aM.* . «f Hpj-rHrt -.IVili'ox ^ priiihii- 
linn. .' Star'^:'Anna Xi'aljli'.' 'IMrhanl ili-crni*. 
IHi-r.-h'il.-.liy ir..j-lVrt 'AVMrrtx-. . JM-'rePHPlay. 
hy MJUm. .\rulliH..n. Dcivltt nmlf.-iv. fpnii 
illiiry li) .11:. :M. niiwer:- 'carfiei-'ii. .\hix 
(In-i'ii." At ( 'amlii'i'lNTi* .ihrairr-; I.onilfin,- 
<ii i: : Hi. -.; lliliiniiiK iinif. 9J '. .IIINS. 

Sally - M.a'iilalr.l / .Anna '.X^.-iAli*- 

.1 Tin- (Jli'i-.i-i.-k ... . . . vHii-liill'il Crrr.ni- 

Itrity. .Ma ilia nil'./..:.': .'. ..N.iya IMHi-'ajn 

.(an Ui-liK-k 

.llailanio 'ilrliM-k-.i .... 

■51 rs^- 'r.i^'O^Hi'-i-. ..... . 

Sir ...IV.: Maillan.l..-;-. 
lii.ly Maillan.l. . .) . . 
Orrmaii t'niflluail.l.'r.. 

AJliili-al. . . . . 

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.Aldorl- I. 
. ;...l.'ll'*l^ Mii'nlihi»lni 
. .Mark'arw Hiiilioi-r.M il 
. .-':.. . ralr|i-. .rimyan 
.... . Miirjin-it'. 'Fkhiloi: 

. .'... i'Vali 4 nlin^ "Uyall 
......... . .Il'ayl.i lhnni> 

. .". .Clailil? llnllry 



Direction. , cast, production arid 
,camera;work arc so good, it is a pity 
the suspensive stpry is not on the 
same plane of excellence. There is 
smart comedy dialog .arid plenty of 
action .throughout. It has a 'mys- 
tery' start with fed : herring: trails 
that lead up blind alleys, necessitat- 
ing the return each tj'me fo a new 
start. The result is an overplus of 
the aforesaid "mystery' .and one or 
more of these ii'ails.- all of them good 
in themselves, might. be. sacrificed to 
quicken the progressiori of its ulti- 
mate ending. RKO. departed from 
the usilal ■"practice of furnishing the 
story accompanying the cast on the 
synopsis,: The iden was not to re- 
veal the deiioiiement. .To trained 
reviewers, this 'secret' came- as, no 
sui-prisc. - '.':' . 

: Anna NciHile plays Sally. Maitlarid. 
daughter of an aristocValic. ritish 
.family. .She iias ■.■.achieved' notoriety 
for her pre-war association with the 
Nazis. •"-'Public '.antagonism to' her . is 
so violent that she . is practically 
forced to leave Britain. It is a role 
altogether different, from her prcvi-, 
ous film appearances. Her co-star 
is Richard : Greene, and principal 
jiiippo'rt comes from. Nova Pilpcam. 
Lucie Mannheim and Albert Lieven.. 

Slelliir reputations of Anna Neagle 
and Richard Gveriie should go a 
ooiisiderablc way, toward attracting 
audiences on both' hemispheres. 

Jolo. . 



: -i:|..- ■ lliiLnin^- iinn.. 
: liin 'siii-riU, . . 
•1U|| >-.' Sin.i ii-.' . . 

WISH .'■;.: ..... 

■r']\ll'.. 

M..in.-,;. i .;.... 

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I.l." Cllimi. .... . . , . 

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Hnx , i .... , . 

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Ill .IIIN-";: 

........ '.-Imril Al-l'«>il 

. .', :'. . ..,'.l.-.iii. : Park..|- 

... . :i!il.->. I ll iwl. 11 

. .'. .liliiini. .'Wllli i'.ii-i 
.Kiiiina. I111111.1 
.l'l\ar|.-ii I). Iliwi. 
:.'.-.: :l'"i-ali1i. l-'eVil'.ii 
...-.(•llli-k. I'liun.]!-! 

.' .'Iii.il* Immv.I.'A 
. . :-, Ualiilr -Sanrn: il 
.......Hilly NfUiin 



Since these are tiriies when Holly- 
wood is filming practically all 
branches of the'various services, it 
seemed inevitable that the. Navy's 
hiine'sweepe'rs; those inveterate' die- 
hards who clear the lanes for Uncle 
Sam's 'shipping,', should find: ' them- 
selves the - subject' of. cclluloiding.- 
'Miriesweeper' is the result,: arid it's 
another in the series of Pine-Thomas-- 
action films. ; It should do', well 
enough on the' duals. ' : . 

This one. is about the Ann-apolis 
graduate .'who has. long since, been 
broken because of his penchant for 
gambling. .When the U. .S. enters 
the war, ' patriotism . grips him and 
he rejoins the Navy under ari alias, 
ultimately giving his life in. ferret- 
ing put a' new type. of. Jap mine en- 
dangering American shins. 
■ The screenplay is the notable weaic 
spot in ; 'Minesweeper.' though the 
id.ea .'is. • certainly commendable.' 
There's never 'any doubt as to the 
story's ultimate windup. .. 
- Richard. Ai-len is . the- ex-Middie. 
arid he gives one of his . standard 
performances, while Jean Parker 
hasn't much . to do as the romance, 
with .Russel . Hayden as the third 
party . in the romantic triangle. 
Guinn Williams contributes sonic 
mild lighter interest, while- rest of 
the .cast is rriostly in for atmosphere. 
Direction by William Berkc is. as 
satisfactory, as the script would per- 
mit. Kfllni."' 



iii diagnosing what others have been 
turning out. 

Plot is a disjointed ciiVploy- of Inr 
diai» : .\yarfure that might hav« passed 
inspection in the arl.v . nicklcodcon 
days — but hardly iii these .modern 
liliics. Doerslaycr is y...supev-hero,- 
who continuously.! clitdes -.the : In- : 
dians. "and. when he's captured; 
-easily. 'escapes ;av tlic: most' cbnvcnir 
cut spots for. script purposes-. There's 
ii. peaceful; (rilve: also~ the- sctllci-.s : 
who gather' inside' the. stockade, to 
repel attacks: and; a ri Vcrboat fariv- i 
ily .that provides target lor. the war- ; 
ring bravps,'. After sufficient footage 
of- amateurish - jumble, ' t he battling 
tribe is dispersed 'Id- -.bring', peace to: 
the diclricl. 

: Jean Parker is the roost iinporlanl 
film name in the : cast, 'which' 'is? un- 
iriiprcssivo throughout: Direction by 
Lew ■ Landers, is . sophomoric:'. : ' 
' '::..-' ■ . - Vl'«lt. 



day of the war agolnsl the Nazi ag* 
grcssors. may be a little too mucli 
blood -and-guts to. lake at onc sittins 
for the average lilmgocr., but foU 
lowers of modern, military lactic* 
and life in tlie Soviet should find' it 
much to their liking. It's slrlclly 
Tor those houses showing. Russe pix. . 

Source material for the "March of 
Time' :two-i'ecler released . earlier 
this yeai'. /Day After Day'- coiitaiiis 
much allenlibi)' to detail itv -reveal-., 
ing' the Soviet-Nazi war as actually; 
fought. Casualties behind . the lilies, 
arc apparentiy ' tilnied ' insensitively. 

■ Sequericcs of the Soviet .in.dust.i1al 
front aiso. arc iiicllided. In short, a 
Soviet day on the battle, and home 
fronts. -However, the. shout. by SI.of 
T: prepared primarily for V. . au- 
diences, told (he: same story in less 
time and with just as- imicli punch. : 



TIh> l.aiii|» St ill lliirns 

(BRITISH-MADE) 

London: Ott. 20. 



Exchanges 

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along faniiliar lines. ' will serve as an 
adequate dualer. . ' .. . ' : - ■ 

.Latest in. the 'Henry" Aldrich" 
scries pliuits . the' title character: 
'Jimmy Lydo.ri V in an old mansion 
filled willi stuffed ariirrials, skeletons 
and the usual assortrrierit of trap- 
doors; creaking: wall -panels: arid, 
miscellaneous .sound effects. 
.. ' -.Youngster swallows a new chem- 
ical, supposedly, with properties, de- 
signed to .develop* three times the 
-normal strength. The school prin- 
. cipal is believed murdered and the 
..youngster at first is ufidcr the de- 
lusion that he committed : the cririie 
while, under the influence of the 
drug. ' ; ■ ■ '••-.."; 
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lief. Castwig is okay, camera work 
standard and production values sat- 
isfactory. Mori. 



a Indie Shooting in N. Y. 

: '. K. H. Kleiner, indie producer, is 
preparing a picture tp be made at 
the .Fq« Movietone, studios fri - ;New 
Vork.'-: ilrh starts shooting on Jan. 
.15 with ;thc Fredericks Btos. agency 
handling the casting, 

Kleiner is angling for .Monogram 
or Republic: release. - 



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Donald 'Red'- Barry can still .ride 
arid handle a .-six-shoolcr. and. blonde 
Twinkle Watts, eight-year-old Re- 
public iiewcoiiiei': is: scnsaljonal: on- 
ii;c Skates. To combine these talents 
in this dualled "'western a plot has 
been devised making the little girl, 
an heiress to a million-dollar ranch 
which the co.vboy star rescues from 
a schertiing rancher. An adequate 
dualer. 

There's a nifty ice-show sequence 
featuring little .Miss' Walls, Wally 
Vernon is an ckay comic aide. Barry 
gives one -of his standard perform- 
ances. Harry Cording is . a con v incing 
heavy and Nancy Gay has- looks but 
not much chance to emote. 

There are occasional complications 
in the story, but for diehard western 
fans it'll escape much notice. - 

Hollywood, Nov. 3. 

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■ Rehashed from a serial beariivtr in**''!-*,',',; .«^ , »Vr->.v 
sarhe :nairie. •Drums of Fu .Manclui; Ta- ii i.-j sM.'-i-Y. 
is passable for kid audierices and. a> a r . - - . ''. . ;-.. ; . 

dual in nabe.s.' . • [ This is an amateurish, synthetic 

Story revolves around.: efforts of- w r ;ifua of early: Colonial days when ' 
Fu ■ Manchu- tb ... obtain a fabled Ml,,. Iijdians periodically, went oil the 
sceptre, .possession of y which would ] warpath. , lUs^slrjclly for kid irijil-. 
give hlm a hdid on the, emotions of : inecii- where the yofurigslci-s can: 
wild -tribesmen in India, and would I yhoop.. at' the : wild and; woolly the- 
facilitalc his plan to .conquer all ; all ies. ■ . 

Asia. Opposing' him is. an ayent «f | : picture is the firsl prodiicllon ven» 
the'. British .Foreign ■ Dllicc . plus . tui c for ;p. % .'PelcV Harrison, who's 
sundry- scientists and vol'hcis. - The J -been' reviewing films :for at least a 



sceptre is found.'thc tr'ibeyrixeli revolt 
but in- the end the British audi' 
triumphs.-' and Fu Manchu 'ij-ics fu.- his 
presiiinab.le death. 
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(I'tartci- century. Harrison draw's: a 
complete blank- us a producei'rsce- 
liai-ist. and- the general illogical' 
'.te'nor -'of the feature is hard In- un- 
'li-ritarid in vievv- ot his experience 



If ariy 'English outfit' followed the 
Hollywood custom of /awarding Os- 
cars for nlmVit's a cinch "The Lamp 
Still Burns' would bring such post- 
humous honor . to Leslie Howard. 
Herc : is definitely a producer's pic : '' 
tur'e in ' the sense, the ■ trade sjpeaks 
of a Lubitsch as a directors flick. 
From start to finish- Howard's fine 
appreciation of the ■ difference, be- 
tween -sentiment and Sentimentality 
marks .every; sequence, arid for all 
the inherent grimheSs of the subject 
there are frequent touches of How- 
a'rdesquo humor, 

x Undoubtedly British audiences will 
view ' this oirei ing through misty 
eyes, for it is -."generally, known in 
lliis e6uiiti:yi what. a staggering loss- 
the native. ' film industry :su(Tered- 
when the .plane in which Howard 
was returning from Lisbon was shol; 
down iri the Bay of Biscay.last June. 
Not as an actor, high as he stood in 
the esteem of "film arid theatregoers, 
but as a director-producer. Howard 
had proved himself to be in a class 
by himself 'in this country. 'The 
Lamp Still Bums.' viewed unemo- 
tionally . as a producer's .triumph, 
abundantly sets, the seal on his 
greatness. 

. Basically the picture is a plea for. 
the bettering of conditions under 
which hospital nurses work. It is 
also an unequivocal damning of the 
•system which makes British, hos- 
pitals dependent on charity for their 
continued existence. .'Inasmuch as 
the film was'made with the coopera- 
tion of the Ministry of Health, it is 
fair to assume there must be gov- 
ernmental sympathy with the "argiir- 
merit favoring state subsidy for hos-: 
' pita Is. 

. How tough life is for a hospital 
nurse is graphically portrayed in the 
experiences of a young woman ar- 
chitect. Hilary Clarke, who- Chucks 
up' her job to dedicate her lire to a' 
nursing- career. . As Hilary, a relar 
live uiiknowii; Rosamund John 
walks away with the acting honors. 
A inorc intelligent, sensitive per- 
fornvaricc ihaii (his . sober- visaged. 
self- restrained ' girl.' turns in; iii: a 
long and difficult role, has never 
been' captured by a British 'camera.' 
Up .against superb competition by 
Godfrey Tearle. Ca.thlcen . Ncsbitt 
and 'John Laurie IliiS new. star gives 

firomise of becoming England's first 
ady of the screen. 

Direction ' by Maurice. Elvey is 
first class. Also, all too rare in Ehg- 
lis hfllms, this one has been cut with 
Hollywood slickness. It would be 
difficult .to find 10 superfluous' feet 
from fade in to fade out. Produc- 
tion values, especially in the hospital 
sequences, are rich in' detail anctpal- 
eritly authentic. Topicality is intro- 
duced by an air raid during which_ 
'walking cases'.ar.e seen to leave the" 
jwards' foi- the shelters while the 
nurses . and bed-ridden -patients have 
to slick it out where they are. 

Considerable advance publicity; 
has: b'eeri giten to Stewart Granger, 
another ricwebmor to' English star- 
dom: as a wartime discovery of the 
first order.. In the role of a factory 
owneivinj.uTed In an; explosion in his' 
works arid nursed back to hpailh by 
the :probatibncr riui'se, he ogives an 
adequate pcrformarice,: Bui it. is Iri - 
umphanlly Miss Johii'S' piciure so. 
far as acting- honors are concerned.; 

It is an even greater triumph tor 
Howard, a lilting monument, for • 
great ariist. 

V>ux Afivr Uay 

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L. c: Becker, manager 
Seating. . 

Aaron, lianpwsky 
of thd Amo. . 

: Marian Yeager uppod lb' manage 
the Annex. 

Mrs. Arvid. Kaiitor, -wife : 6f the to- . 
cniNiilioiiiit '■Screen'-' Soryicc inanagor, 
cho.xen.'prcs'idcnl of .llic "Barkerellcr-, 
auxiliary. «r the- 'Michigan ■ .Variety 
Club, Other oflicers are -Mrs. .David, 
Newman, v.p'.; Mrs. Michael Chargot. 
treas:: Mrs I. J. .Knlxnian. sec...: and 
Mrs. Chas. Rcsnick in;cliargc of USO ; 
activities. :■ ':■..■ ■ :'- : ■ ■ ' '■• ' 



... Warners'. Sales' Con Tubs 
Jloy Haines,. ' ' W'estcrn-s6'uthe.rn 
division sales manager tor. Warner 
Bros., arid Norman H. -Moray, short 
subject sales .'manager, left over the 
weekend for • Chicago. Memphis, 
Kansas City; Los Angeles and .San 
Francisco'- where they' will hold 
meetings of sales Staffs;' to discuss 
the company's 2r-week sales drive, 
starting next month!: 

Wolfe Cohen, Canadian .. district, 
manager for Warner*,- presided at a 
general; sales conference held Mori r ' 
day. (8). in '.Toronto and attended by . 
WB branch managers and others. 



.Telenews Leases Cinema, 
Lease -for. the Cinema theatre, De- 
troit,- has beeii' pacted by Tclencvvs 
Theatres of New York, oporatdrs of: 
a string of riewsreel theatres. . ' 

Llpperfs Takeovers 

...-'.'■; San Francisco, Nov. 
• Robert L. Lippcrt Co. has pur- 
chased the- Egy pt ia n thca Ire oii Mar- 
ket street' and the six-story- office 
building above at a cost of $250,000 
from the Goldberg -estate. Lippcrt 
will take possession of the property 
Dec. 13. ■ ' • - 

Same outfit has taken ovcr : the : 
City Club theatre, capacity 900. in 
downtown Oakland. House policy 
will be arty pix with a C5c. adnijsh. 

Bock Nixes Curfew 
■ Little Ro.ck, Nov. 9. « 
■ Proposed curfew; ordinance, ' pro- 
hibiting persons under 18 from being 
out after 11 p.m.,. was rejected by the 
Little Rock City Council by a vote of 
12 to 5. 

Officials of the Youth Advisory 
Association, Boy's. Club arid Parent- 
Teachers : AssnJ appeared, af the 
meeting lo express opposition to the 
ordinance, which had been under 
discussion for the past two '.months: ' 



TlijV.broadsralc -filming of Soviet 
Russia' qri Juno 13, 1942. ' Ihe; 356th 



iKalmenson's New Berth 

Pittsburgh, Nov. 9. 

Jack Kalmcnson. brother of Ben 
Kalmcnson, general sales ' manager 
for Warner Brothers, has been trans- 
ferred: frorri WB's Cleveland to Pilti- 
burgh office, where he hijcomcs 
salesman covering the West Virginia 
territory: . 

Betty 'Flaherty, has beeii added to 
the staff of National Screen Service.;. 

Lyda Rod<;iiok, daughter ;of . the 
Steve Rodenoks: Oakmoot exhibs,- 
has returned to night club work, al- 
though still continuing as adveij,isjni. 
representative for her parents- 
houses. ^Formerly organist at the 
Club 51 before that spot -folded. She' ; 
is now at the console of Eddie Hess' 
Grant's Hill Tavern in downtown 
Pittsburgh. • 

• Louie (Red) Wciner.;' former Pitts- 
burgher who used to do. cxploHafioh 
for UA and Par here/ now with Col. 
in Indianapolis after receiving hon- 
orable discharge froni the: army,.. ; 

ridges',' House ' ■ 

' Dallas-, Nov.. 9: 
' O. ;B; Bridge's narrie'd irianagcr" : of 
the recently opened Joy: owned and 
dperatbd' by Joy Ho.uck;.dt New Or-, 
leans:- .'..-.... ' : 



Dunlap Reopens liouse . . 

. Wortham, Texas, Nov. 9. 
' The Avon, shuttered jicre for sev- 
eral weeks, -reoperied thi.-i . time, by 
Forrest Dunliip: HpiiKe.'has becivopr: 
crated by Joe VaugHn,' Who ha-> taken ' 
a post m a: nearby defense planti. 
Durilap owns two other houses In-.. 
Texas; and one jn Forth. Smilh, Ark. 

• J. S. Walker Reopens . \ 
Grand Prairie. Texas; No. 9. 
' J. S. Walker has opened the Texas 
theatre here following its complete 
destruction by a lire several months 
ago. It's fourth house here; Sale of 
the house is being, contctnplated by • 
Walker; Deal is imdi<r way with: 
Claude EzeU and Bon Ferguson, both, 
of Dallas, 



36 f^SKiETf" Wednesday, November 10, 19-13 



Wednesday, November 10, 1943 J^RIETY 87 




■ AKIM TAMIROFF • evelyn ankers . alan mowbray . frank jenks 

WALTER CATLETT • ELSA JANSSEN • Original Screen Play, Samuel Hoffenstein • Betty Reinhardt 
Directed by FRANK BORZAGE Produced by FELIX JACKSON • Associate Producer FRANK SHAW 



88 INTERNATIONAL 



•?AHIETT*8' I-OOTtON OFFICB 
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Notorious Argentine Anti-Semite 
Creates Fears for Local Film Biz 



. Montevideo, Nov. . • 4' 
Appointment byAhe Ramirez gov- 
ernment . of Dr. Martinez. Zuviria. 
beuer 'known under the pen mime of 
■Hiiiso. Wast, as' Argentina's, new Min.- 
isier or Justice and Public Education, 
has aroused fears in the Argentine 
film industry that- control. of national 
pro union is likely to be intervened 
as completely, as the now thoroughly, 
si raiijacke'.ed 1 radio broadcasting 
Hold. ' '. : " 

'Althoirsh alleged to be a notorious 
an'.i-Somito. „ Zuviria's writings in 
this diroclioiv haven't become known, 
outside Ai'geiUina, His 'Jew-baitihg' 
efforts include 'El Kahal,' 'Qro' and. 
.'El Sexto Sello.' ■ Noteworthy that 
'Zuviria has long been favorite son. 

• of Clariiiada.' leading so-called anti- 
Semitic : publics f ion i in Latin Amcr- 

■ ica. and that he served as governor 
ot the .-anti -Semitic Argentine prov- 
ince of Calamarca under ;'pro-Axis 
former President Ramon S. Castillo. 
In much of his writings Zuviria has 

. stressed ' what he 1 claims lo. be the 
'Jewish- .Communist-internationalist'- 
threat.; . which, he says threatens Ar^ 
gehlina and the civilized world. 

Zuviria has had three of his most 
popular books. 'Casa de las Cuervos' 
(House of the Cross'), 'Valle Negro' 
and Flor de Diirazno' produced as 

' pix. former two under their. original 
book titles and latter as 'Cuando 
Florezca el Naranjo.' 'Casa' was pro- 
duced by Argentina Sono Film. 
•Valle Negro" has just been, released 
this season by Sono and 'Cuando 
Fiovezca' was produced by San 
Miguel and released by Distribui- 
dora Panamcricana. . , 

In his hew position, those in the- 
Argentine; trade say, \ he has the 
power to impose these ideas on the 
film industry. Those in the trade, 
aware of steps already;. taken by the 
Ramirez' administration in the radio 
field, arc fearful that they will be 
next in the 'cleanup or close up' cim- 
paign. 

Reports that Argentine industry, 
which.' now holds a dominant posi- 
tion in the Latin American market 
. with six major studios, a dozen in- 
dies', and more than 60 features a 
year, may be faced with an inter:- 
vontor or government board to tell 
producers what they should' and 
not do. 

As usual," move would probably be 
accompanied by an explanation that 
It. was d6nc to 'raise the. cultural and 
artistic level' and, as with radio, 
, 'necessary, because any media which 
reaches so many people must be sub- 
jected to strictest governmental con- 
trol.' ■ 

Zuviria has long held intensely in- 
dividualist ideas on need for regi 
mentation and has long been close to 
the powerful reactionary - clerical 
groups. He's said to , have told 
friends :tlial he hopes to improve the 
'literary' quality of pix' scripts, in- 
line with {he Ramirez administra- 
tion's point of/view. This, in' opinion 
of producers, would amount, as it 
has in radio, to a 'Strict toeing of. the 
line tinder threat of suspension; 

To date control of U.. S.. Alms has 
remained in the hands of "the Mniis 
try of Interior and of the Foreign 
Affairs Ministry, both of which are 
headed by General Alberto Gilbert. 
Zuviria has been, : however,- a mem 
ber of the' B. A. censorship board 
and as such has been one of those 
most responsible for the increasingly 
stilt measures being taken to control 
pro-democratic and anti-Axis con- 
tent of Hollywood pictures shown 
here. 



Swedes Set Pic Council 
As Guide on Exports < 



'. Washington, : Nmv.: 9. '•"' i 
. Swede, set up a' new Film F.xport-I 
Council' last Wednesday <3 > whii-h. ' 
with Hie voluntary cooperation of | 
the •country's ilhu producers, is to. J 
control Swedish-made pix in' the ex- 
port Held frorii a cultural poiiit of 
view. ' , V ; : 

'The activity, 1 Swedes explained, 
'is baspd on voluntary cooperation 
between the film "producers and Ihc 
general public, and the task" of the 
board will be, to prevent films from, 
•being cliKtributed outside of Sweden.- 
which jjive a. mis.mijded picture of 
Sweden and Swedish conditions, or 
which in other ways are designed lb 
'contribute to the rise of an unfavor- 
able opinion of S wc den'.' 



Delfont Takes Dyer 

London, Oct. 15. 
After two- years of booking the 
Wimbledon-theatre, one of. the ace 
suburban spots in' London, foil Tom 
I Arnold,' Bernard Delfont lias pur- 
chased the eight-year lease of '.the 
house and ■ lakes possession . first 
week in December. 

Associated' witlv him in the deal, 
is Archie Shahburn,.' comparative 
newcomer- to the business, who's 
perilling several vaudeville houses 
in London and the provinces. 



French Now Turn Cold 
Shoulder to Nazi Film, 
Press, Radio Rantings 

Washington. Nov. 9. > 
Nazi propaganda has lost its sting' 
arid is no longer effective in France,, 
according to neutral opinion" as'-.-ex-': 
pressed in the; Swiss- press. 

"the Only • official propaganda in 
France.' comments Tribune de Lau- 
sanne, 'is Axis-collaborationist propa- 
ganda. It' is- made not only via radio 
— in fact ■ the ; French radio is not 
much liked by. the French, who pre- 
fer .Ankara, Algiers. London, Tunis 
or neutral broadcasts^but also via 
the. press, lectures! cinema and 
posters. 

'As regards the cinema.- newsreels 
are received with complete indiffer- 
ence, especially since rooms, are half- 
lit during projection, However, when 
a neutral -(sports) champion wins 
over a German adversary, applause 
break's out. . Applause does not come 
only from, people who are fond of 
sports; it docs not pay tribute merely 
to performance only. 

The press, in both the northern 
and. southern zones is controlled. In 
the northern zone it is easy to 
imagine who controls it. Undoubted- 
ly, the press enjoys a certain .liberty 
.there. For instance, it is entitled to 
criticize the government order, put 
pressure upon it and bring .to .light 
administrative abuses, errors or 
scandals of the food supply. : 

'As- regards lectures, : the official 
speakers chosen are talented men.but 
not listened to by the masses.' 



'Eileen' Legit 
Up to $11,200 
In London 



London. .Oct, 14. 

After having built up 'Magic C';u> 
pel.' at the. Princes from a near ilop, 
into a big hit. - Firth Shephaid hjs-: 
decided to' take it o(Y now that Ibi:: 
has slumped slightly. Show comes off 
end of October and, although nothing' 
lias been announced to follow, un- 
derstood it's being replaced by 'Here 
Comes Mr. Jordan,' with Bobby 
Howes in lead. 

Meanwhile, his other- American 
show, 'My Sister Eileen.' recently 
opened at the Savoy, replacing ' he 
Man Who Came to Dinner,' has 
topped the letter's grosses. Top 
grosses for 'Dinner' was $9,600 pet- 
week, while 'Eileen' has! done as high 
as $11,200. 

After successful revival lasting 
nearly 10 months, Jack Hylfonls 'Thq< 
Merry- Widow."- is due to fold at His 
Majesty's Oct. 23, being replaced by 
another revival. 'The Admirable 
Crichton," which Bernard Delfont has 
touring the sticks. Show ' opens 
there Oct,' 28 for eight weeks, after 
which theatre reverts to Jack Hyltori 
for pantomime 'Cinderella." 

'The Merry Widow' is set for four 
weeks' tour for ENSA,. after which 
it ; goes on extensive toui : iiv the 
sticks. - playing fortnightly . stands, 
and four, weeks in some spots. 

Arthur Riscoe has decided lb. re- 
vive. 'Jill, Darling,' musical. wMiich 
was big hit at the. Saville some years, 
ago; He'll appear in his original role, 
with original Frances .Day role to 
be played by Barbara' Blain. Show 
will be done - in conjunction with 
Zeitlin & Murray and starts tour 
in the sticks, opening , in Edinburgh 
for the Christmas season. 



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'Kings Row' Disregards; 

Crix in England 

inigs Row', is experiencing the 
same boxoffice trend in: .London as 
In the domestic market; according to 
word received iti N. Y. Picture was 
panned . almost unanimously .by the 
critics.; but is doing great business. 

Same was true of •'Kings Row' in 
U. S. 



Noy, Knust Back Home 
Allen Noy, 20lh-Fox manager in 
Colombia, and K. B. Knust,- com- 
paijy's- manager in Ecuador, . are 
scheduled to leave for their home 
posts sometime this; week. - Both 
have been, in N. Y. for homeofflce 
confabs for. about .a -month. Knust 
has been stationed in' Ecuador for 
tore than three years, 
Elliott McManus set to become a 
. talesman in Panama, also is leaving 
-shortly- for his.new post at Panama 
City. He- formerly was .on the do- 
mestic salcs.staff In New Jersey. 



'PANAMA HATTIE' BIG 
CLICK IN LONDON BOW 

London, Nov. 9. 

'Panama Hattie," which bowed in 
Nov. 4 at the Piccadilly, is the West 
End's newest smash'. 

Opening night audience gave it an 
enthusiastic reception. Production is 
particularly ■ notable for its well-se- 
lected aggregation of atmospheric 
specialties. 

Show will undoubtedly repeat its 
Broadway olick, in which Ethel Mer- 
man staried a couple seasons back 
in the Buddy DeSylva production. 



A. B. Marcus Revue 

Set for Mexico City 

Mexico City, Nov. 9. . 
Pablo Prida. local showman, an- 
nounces lie has arranged to. bring the 
A. B. Marcus show from, the U. S. 
to Mexico City' for a probable- three- 
month run at the Iris theatre. 
'.-.First showing "is billed for Dec. 15. 

Rydge Honored 

' Sydney. Oct. 26. 
Stockholders of Greater, Union 
Theatres. Ltd., luncheoneel Norman 
Rydge. chairman of. the company, 
recently; 

Forty-five of ; fr,e largest - share- 
holders held- the luncheon at Ush- 
ers holcl here because of Rydge's 
guidance, of Greater Union' from a 
posing proposition to a money-mak- 
'ing corporation which.' this, year de- 
clared a' dividend to its. stockholders. 



Calderdn In Venezuela Buy . 

Mexico -City, Nov. 2. 

Casting about for pic-making 
equipment has led Jose Calderon. 
one of the lop Mexican producers, 
to Venezuela. . 

He has . down, there to' buy ' the 
equipment of a Venezuelan company 



F1NDLAY SEEN JOINING 
ALEX K0RDA IN LONDON 

.. . London. Nov. 9, 
Hugh Findlay, for several years 

press .agent f6r:- Michael Balcon's 

Ealing Productions, has tendered his 

resignation. . " 
Although he refuses to reveal his 

future plans, it's likely he'll join 

Sir Alexander Korda here. 



ONLY A LADY TO ADULTS 

Mexico City. Oct. 19. 
Censors ruled that 'Lady of Bur- 
lesque," starring Barbara Stanwyck, 
can be shown in Mexico City to 
adults only. 



Current London Shows 



London, Nov. 9, 

'Acacia Avenue,' Vaudeville. 

'Admirable Crichton,' His Maj. 

'Arsenic and Old Lace," Strand. 

'Blow-Own Trumpet;' Playhouse. 
,' St Martin's. / 

'Dancing .Years," Adclphi. 

'Dark River,' Whitehall. ' 

•Flare Path," Apollo. 

'Flying Colors," Lyric. 

'Hl-De-Hl,' Stoll. 

'It's Foolish But Fun',' Coliseum. 

'It's .Time Dance,' Winter Garden 

'Junior Miss,' Saville. .., 

'Lisbon Story,' Hippodrome; 
. 'Live for Love,' Haymarkct. 

'Lottie Dundass,' Cambridge. , 

'Moon Is Down,' Whitehall. 

'Mr. Bilfiey,' Playhouse. . 

'My Sister Eileen," Savoy. 
. 'Panama Haltle,' Pjccadiily. 

'Pink String," Duke of York's. 
: 'Quiet Week -End,' Wyndliam's. 
.'She Follows Me About.' Garrick 

'Something In the Air,' Palace. 

'Strike a New Note," Wales. 

•Sweet and Low,' Ambassador. ' 

'The Love Backet," Victoria Palace; 
They Came to a City," Globe. 
'•War and Peace," Phoenix. 

'Watch on the Rhine," Aid wyirh 



Shops in H'wood For 

Mexico Film Outfit 

Hollywood, -Nov. 9. 

Dudley Murphy, '-. in town from 
.Aloxico City looking for technicians 
and equipment' Tor his newly formed 
Art isles - . Assoc iados, S.-'A., which Will 
produce a -oumbc'r of features -start-. 
i\\« with o'Thc Belle of Tarchova,' 
or-igiiially '. written' by Budd Schnl- 
berg for the Salovcost (S. A. in 
Mexico means' the same as Inc. -in the 
U. S.>. ' '.-■ ■' ..--.■ 

Now corpor-alion : is financed, 
partially by Elizabeth Jenkins . Hig- 
Bins, owner of a chain of film thea- 
tres in Mexico. Murphy is shoving 
off for New York to arrange a 
worldwide distribution deal with, a 
major company. ' •• 



Disney's 'Snow White' 
And Doug, Sr. Y Oldie 
SR0 in Chungking 

".. Washington, Nov. ?; 

Playing to SR.O in Chungking arC : 
Walt JDisney's 'Snow White' and .'Don 
Juan,' starring the late Douglas 
Fairban , •, according to a broad- 
ca.-it from the Chinese capital. ; . 

'The only reason, that Mary ..Pick--, 
ford, numbers of 30 years ago are not 
bein ,' commented' Chung- 

king. , 'is that they ale not 
available.' Broadcast, emphasized the 
age of the films being offered and 
said that .'almost all pictures are 
popular.-. -even those in English in 
which there is little- action and pa- 
trons don't object even- if A reel gets 
on the screen now and then In the 
wrong order. : 

'Some American films are not well, 
received, as audiences have dis- 
covered that the Chinese portrayed 
by Americans may look Chinese to 
Americans, but they don't to a 
Chinese.' . 

. Three government-sponsored com- 
panies are -striving to make pix in 
China for the entertainment starved 
population, but are experiencing 
numerous ifTiculties. Recent pro- 
duction's of these companies include 
'Secret Agent, of Japan' and 'Light 
from East Asia." , 



STAGG & RUSSELL SOLD 
TO LONDON SYNDICATE 

London, Nov. 9. 

Stagg & : Russell, one ot oldest 
drapery emporiums in Leicester 
Square, has been sold to a Lan- 
cashire syndicate headed by Price 
and Ortbm prominent sports, ball- 
room and vau'de operators. Under- 
stood that the deal involves $3,000.- 
000,- and. that the promoters will 
spend a . like amount -In reconstruc- 
tion of the spot. 

Would cpiiverl the' place into, a 
huge sports arena r with massive 
auditorium, as soon as the war ends. 
Giant ballroom would be part. of the 
operation', with, a policy of name 
bands.likcly. The auditorium would 
be, used for big boxing matches and 
vaudc. 



Yanks Flock to Mex 
Turf, Boost Show Biz 

Mexico- City, Nfov. 9. 
pciiing . of horserace season 
brought an influx of Airicriqans to 
boost local show biz plenty/ Night- 
clubs and. theatres: are' jammed 
■niRhily; with- tyrnaway biz on week- 
ends. Hotels are crowded, and some 
heed reservations a . month ■ ahead, 
and even then • there aren't any 
proniiscs iis to how the reservation 
will stand up. . 

Vaude and biirlcy, which run only 
nights, are doings best biz of season: 
Nifihlclubs doing approximately 30^ 
n\ore than.a month'-: ago'. ' • ' 



Nazi France's New Levies 

Washington. Nov. 9. 

France has- placed new 10 r i luxury 
lax on the retail sale of a number 
of items , including radio .apparatus, 
phonographs, motion picture equip- 
ment and billiards equipment. .' 

An id'?, tax has been levied on adr 
missions tickets, nileries, check's, 
sales at bars, etc. 



Washington, Noy. 9, 
Theatres in German cities have 
taken a terrific pqunding from Brit. ' 
ish and American aerial bombs,., 
cording- to reports just reaching: here 
from that country. These are thea- 
tres located in industrial centers 
which are heavy- 
goods for the Nazis-^or were heavy 
producers until the blockbusters flat- ■ 
tened 'them'."-' 

No better example of the morale- 
building value of films and live 
shows.could be given than, the, fran- 
tic efforts of the Nazis to restore the 
entertainments loy the; civilian popu- 
lations of those centers. 
- As of Aug. 1 last, Nazi sources said 
that 237 film houses t had been; dam- 
aged by, bombs, 111 of them com- 
pletely demolished. Qf these 29 were ; 
in Hamburg, hardest-hit of the Ger- 
man industrial cities. In addition, , 
109 concert and lecture, halls were, 
entirely destroyed or badly damaged . 
in. Germany. 11 vaudeville . houses 
were damaged, and 34- niteries and 
two minor concert houses were 
smashed. 

This does not take into account 
legit and opera houses in various 
cities which .have been se badly- 
bashed that they will iip no more 
Nazi morale this war. . 

Among the individual casualties 
reported by the Nazis have beeiv 79 
actors,- 43 singers, 67 vaudeville, ar- 
tists and 144 musicians. 

On Sept.' 18, Nazi press announced 
that as a result of the air raids, 
which have resulted in \viping put 
theatres, 'the Ministry for Propa- 
ganda has arranged the' transfer, of 
actors; to other districts of the Reich.' 
One switch ordered by propaganda 
boss Joe Gocbbcls. was movement of. 
the Stale Opera 1 at Duisberg to 
Prague.' 

Among : the big houses which the 
Germans claim have been destroyed 
are the large theatre in Nurnburg; 
the opera and Kammcrspiele, Ham- 
burg: .the Schumann.- Frankfurt; the 
New theatre. Frankfurt. City the- 
atre, Mannheini:. Little theatre. Dus- 
seldorf; Operetta, theatre, . Cologne, 
the City, Malnlz, 

■In Berlin, incendiary bombs are 
reported (o have destroyed the Ad- 
miral Palace: while the City In 
Wiciicr-Neusladt. built in 1940. got 
a direct hit from a blockbuster. Two- 
thirds of Hamburg's amusement dis-- 
trict is. said, to be wiped out. 

> Nazi Crackdown 

"./Nazis have cracked down on. a 
number, of show people. within the 
past month, according to reports 
reaching 4ierc. 

Biggest batch are actors who re- 
fuse to give . shows in German in- 
dustrial towns likely to be bonibcd 
by British and Americans. .In one 
period, about two weeks ago, Reich 
Theatrical Chambor banned from all 
stages in countries under German 
domination two Hungarians, two 
Danes and all members of a Russian 
ballet for refusal to play, target 
towns. Standard punishment now set 
up by the Reich Chamber includes 
ban of foreigners from the stage, and 
exclusion of German players from 
the Theatrical Chamber — which 
means they can't work. 

In Oslo, last month Nazis arrested 
Per Aabel, Harald Schwenzen and 
Jorn Ording in connection with a, 
fire which severely -damaged ' the; 
stage and dome of the National the- 
atre of that city. The three actors 
arc now blamed for the blaze, which 
-was originally described . acci- . 
dental. They were in the company 
rehearsing 'Last Cry.' which had 
won 'first prize as .the best dramatic 
composition in a 1 Nazi competition, 
and was to have been precmed at . 
•the house about two. weeks ago. It ' 
.will take several months to repair 
the National, . 

Now under 'house arrest' in. u- 
nlahia is -Victor Eflimiu. one of the 
bost-knou'n Rumanian playwrights., 
who made the mistake of publicly- 
expressing his opinion of the political 
arid domestic situation in his'- 'coun- 
try. About 40 other men. mostly 
journalists, arc also under 'hobse tir-r 
rest' in that .'country.. 



Yank Sextet in Sweden 

- V ' Washington. Nov. 9. 

. Six A'-nerican lilms were released 
recehll.y in Swcdcni according to the 
Swedish Information Service 

They are: 'Orchestra Wives.' 'Foot- 
iight-.Serenade.' 'Black Swan.' 'Street 
of Chance.' 'A Lady Takes a Chance' 
and 'Across the Atlantic' 



Wednesday, November 10, 1943 



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40 HOUSE REVIEWS 



Wednesday, November 10, 1913 



Music Hall, IV. 1. 

Liicteutie & Ashoxtr, Waitfniirs (2), 
James Carroll, flettina Rosay, Louise 
Fn'riiaca, Betttiia Dearborn, Rudolph 
Kroeller, Glee Club, Roclcettes, Corps 
de Ballet, Symphony Orch; 'Claudia' 
»20tlu, reviewed til- 'Variety' Aug. 
■ 18. '43. ' - ■ 



Leon Leonidoff's current pfo- 
ductiori, labelled 'American ; Beau-: 
ties.' is a pretentious show glorifying 
the American gal from the Police 
Gazette cover: era through the 
speakeasy-prohibition days of the 
'2.0's and the Ziegf eld . Girl. In. char- 
acteristic -style,' it's a blending: of 
riotous, color! ■ smart showmanship 
and good individual turns, adding up 
to enjoyable entertainment. Costum- 
ing,, settings and lighting effects 
maintain the Music Hall's usual high' 
standard, with .Florence Rogge's 
choreography for , the production's 
bal let sequence particularly - stand- 
ins .out. ,> 
' The glee club, spotting James Car- 
roll as soloist, sets the motif with 
its (ernme-tiUed medley that's high- 
■ liiihted . by a humorous 'Pistol 
Packin' Mania' chorus, with a switch 
as it might sound' as 1 a Sextet from 
-'Lucia.' The Walkmirs,. aerialists,- 
■wilh the diminutive gal. trapezist sig- : 
riifying the. Police Gazette cover gal, 
score a neat click. Unusual lighting 
effect is achieved with: a succession 
of silhouettes of the twirling girl 
thrown against the backdrop. 

-Two top production - numbers are 
titled 'Lady-Sew-and-Sew' and 'The 
Ziegfeld Girl,' with the former an 
unusually impressive ballet de- 
vised by Miss Rogge, with an effec- 
tive 'story' continuity that interprets 
scissors, wool; pin-cushions, etc., and 
spotting ' Rudolph Kroeller; . Louise 
ForriaCa, Beftina Rosay, Bcttina 
Dearborn and the Ballet Corps in 
individual, dance routines. The 
•Ziegfeld Girl' sequence brings Ion 
lavishly gowned. showgirls' represent- 
ing 'Showboat,' 'Sally,' etc., onto a 
runway circling the orchestra pit, 
•with the' final 'Rio Rita' intro .'-set- 
ting- the stage for a colorful bclow- 
the-border number featuring the pre- 
cision dancing of the Ro.ckettes. 
Lucienne arid Ashour, with- the for- 
mer typifying, the .flapper. . of the 
mid-twenties, register with their 
comic Apache number. 

Symph -' orchestra", -under- 'Errio 
Rapee's direction., plays Ponchielli's 
?Dance" of the . Hours' from • 'La 
Gioconda.' Rose. 



Hipp, Halto 

Baltimore; Nov. 6. 
. Cy. Reeves, Reynolds fc White; Pat 
& Sylvia,. 3 Faludys, Allen & Kent 
with Emma Francis; Felice ..Jula 
House Orch (12) ; 'Sahara' (Col). 

Layout, of straight vaude inter- 
larded!: with a . brace, of standards 
plays well and dicks from the. tee- 
on*; Cy Reeves is a pleasing emcee 
and holds down a good spot of his 
own near close of show. 

-Punchy opener is supplied by the 
Three Faludys, trio of male teeter 
board workers who splice some 
coniedy In their catches and make 
lor welt paced getaway: ' Pat & 
Sylvia, youthful boy and girl vocal 
duo boasting some radio background, 
whack out legit chirping which takes 
hold from the first medley of 'gay 
90s' selections and builcis solidly 
with succeeding rep. Solos of "People 
Will Say' by femme and 'Donkey 
Serenade! sold slrhventiy by the 
male, set things for a bell ringing bit 
of Irish tilled "The Same OldShillle- 
lah.' which earns a -round bt bends 
and a beg-oll. Act; packs a load of 
appearand talent. / 

Reynolds and While follow with a 
page out of the old days of vaude 
dipping down into the hoke bucket 
for exploding musical, instruments, 
trump makeups and similar slap- 
slick. and manage to punch out a 
very funny, interlude that registers 
Cy Reeves, is the typical jiitery 
emcee but uses fresher material and 
a pleasing' delivery for good results. 
Handles gags well and warbles paro- 
dies to ''maximum returns. Allen & 
Kent follow. Formerly a foursome 
made up .ol two mixed dancirig duos, 
one .youthful and one a.k., act now' 
consists of the original youngsters 
with Emma . Francjs brought in for 
the switch. Youngsters open with 
tango ,'urp. and introduce! Emma, who. 
vows with tier ■ remarkable cart- 
wheels and sprightly hoofery. • For-, 
liter closing bit of contrasting styles 
of dancing; of yesterday and today is 
again employed.for a potent clincher 
and a swell chaser for this layout. . 

Biz very good. '-.Burin. 



If You Please,' arid Dorothy Claire, 
blonde songstress, with an abund- 
ance of personality arid. vivacity. She 
has. .quite 1 a few cute mannerisms, 
and pleased the: Crowd with a couple 
pops. Shcregislers with a jitterbug 
takeoff on "Pistol Packin'. Mama,' 
teaming .up: with Sonny Berman, 
rotund trumpeter, which had the 
crowd yelling: for more. 

Hally Chester arid Joey Allen 'Lit- 
tle Tough Guys,' next on for some 
pushing around, and general horse- 
play. Lads look a little' older than 
the adolescents they are supposed 
to represent. The less boisterous of 
the' pair does okay with' vocals on 
'Heard You Cried Last Night' and 
'You're Blase;" Bowed, off to a good 
hand. 

Barr arid'. Estes, . male eccentric 
dancer, who essays a little dumb guy 
stuff, arid his femme partrier,. pleased 
'em. Act is nothiiig out of the ordi- 
nary,, but patrons ' here are push- 
overs for any act that lias the least 
suggestion of comedy in' ifs routine. 
On that score, this team rated 
okay. 

Business was good at first show 
Saturday w). Hold. 



Academy of Musle, >".V. 

Mildred -Bailey. Pops & Louie, 
Gdudsmilh • Bros. (2). - Juopliiify 
JeiOels 14): Haul; Si/liiern (111; "Be- 
hind Rising Sim'' (RKO), "Girls, Inc.' 
till. • . . ■ .' • ' " 



Skouras . house, which for last' 
three years has. been showing double 
films/ years ago 'operating a regular 
vaude policy, went into the bargain 
basement three weeks ago.. Iri ad- 
dition to two films, house now does a 
split week, two-a-day vaude being- 
shown first three days , of the week. 
John Kirby opened, With . Molly 
Picon following last' week.. Located 
on 14th St.. on New . York's lower 
East Side, current bill-, which, lasts 
a little over. an hour, -costs the house 
Circa $2,500 . and oilers a sure - fire 
layout for the nabe. trade, listing 
such faves as Mildred Bailey. Jan 
Murray. Pops and Louie. Gaudsniith 
Bros: and Juggling Jewels; 

Miss, Bailey, who. is doubling from 
a stint at Cafe Society Uptown, is- 
spotted No. 3 attraction in a .five-, 
act: bill, and romps hoine with- the 
gravy. Audience loves hei', her ap- 
pearance, being greeted with salvos. 
She docs 'Lover Come Back To Me,' 
'You'll Never Know,' 'Scrap Your 
Fat.' and encores with 'Rockin' 
Chair' - and 'Honeysuckle Rose,' all 
good for hefty returns. '• Jan Murray 
emcees, and his material, although 
enlisting- ancient gags, is strong 
enough' foi" the house. His rendition 
of 'Digit Twister Gadget,' take off on 
gals working in defense plant, is 
high spot in routine that makes use 
pt the tried and true- borscht circuit 
mannerisms. . 

Pops' & Louie, dancers, go over, but 
pair are guilty of giving a languid 
performance, seemingly because it is 
a nabe house. Juggling Jewels, four 
feitimes who toss everything in sight 
at each other, recently appeared at 
Leon arid Eddie's, and .seem more at 
ease on. a ' large stage. . Gaudsniith 
Bros., lpiig standard act, prove a 
sockeroo clincher, .with two comics, 
dressed in. topical vaude garb, romp- 
ing With dogs that have a . will of 
their. own. -■' 

. House is large, . seating around 
3.600. but mike is fine, and picks, up 
slightest, sound on the huge stage. 
Management backs bill with fancy 
backdrop, giving whole an appear- 
ance ot very pro setting. 



Koiih'ti, I ml pis. 

fiidifiiiapolis, Nou. 6: 
Len\\\) Gnlc.,5 . 'Cordovas, llie Carl- 
loiis . i2i. Hammonds- Pels. Billy 
Samuels & Xairroicc. . Julie B'ndew. 
*Ed Resener ■ House Orch; .'Terror 
House' i PRC). 



Xnfioiinl, l/vilto 

Loiiisrille. IVor. 
, Sonny .Dunham- .Orch llii, Doro- 
thy Claire, Don D'Arcy. LUtle.Tough. 
Guys. Barr & Ks'l.es; Earle KelJ-er's 
..Orch: "Shniifylou'n' cRep). 

.New to.'. this' town is the;.Sonny 
Dunham Orch' il4i, arid they have, 
already been made. to feel at home. 
Dunham is. a modest, good looking 
Chap, who- has his band' under con- 
trol, and gives the customers a live- 
ly assortment of tunes. The lads 
give out with plenty of. zip, his 
strong brass and sax sections stand- 
ing, out in great style. Maestro' does 
more actual playing than ' most 
leaders, alternating .between the 
-trumpet and trombone;' - •". 
- Vocalists who alternate before the 
band stand are Dori D'Arcy, baritone 
crooner, doing a good singing job 
with All or Nothing at All" and 



Keith's went on with its show 
shori opening day. due to- failure of 
one act to. arrive, but closed ranks to 
present' • entertaining front. A 
pleasing variety of. comedy, musical 
and' 'acrobatic novelties registered 
well- with customers-' 

The spectacular teeterboard.-act 
.of the Five Cordovas ns- an interest 
clincher in Hip closing spot. Sonic 
of their routines are.exlrenicly intri- 
cate and look angerous, but tliey 
reel them oil like clock-work to the 
.somewhat breathless surprise of. the 
audience. 

Lenny Gale, tile emcee, is a glib 
talker! In his own , act. he scores 
with apt. imitations. of popular enter- 
tainers and public .'figures: with Fred 
Allen. Wallace Berry. . Charlie 
McCarthy.. Rochester. Charles- Boyer, 
AVendoll Willkie. and Mrs. Roosevelt 
.his best 'efforts.' Julie. B.allew.'.gcls a 
hand for the kind 6> songs she 'sings' 
,as much as for the way she sings' 
them. She gives out with /They're 
Either Too- Young or. .Too Old.,' ^No- 
body Make's. ' a Pass At Me.' and' 
"Bless Them All," Tor good results. 
.Billy Samuels and fcawience -get 
some , laughs, with their gag's and 
dances. His specialty is two com- 
plete revolutions— a back somersault 
and tuiiirarolliid— in midair at one 
and the same lime; The Carlions, 
man -arid midget combination, open 
bill with soiiic nifty acrobatics, lift- 
ing' operations taking full, advantage 
of: the mite's light weight. Ham- 
monds Pets, delayed on the road by 
a traffic accident didn't joint the show 
until the second day. ' 
Biz was fair when. caught. Corb. 



Strand, JS. 1. 

Sliep Fields' Drcli u'ilh' ' Meredith 
Blak-e; Merry Macs ■ (41. ; Sybil 
Boudii. Paul. Sydell & Spoliy; 'Priii- 
cesj O'Roiirk-e' (.WBi, revieived in 
' Variety' Sept, 22, 1943. . 

No complaints about this/show, ah 
altogether .satisfactory supplement 
to strong, screen fare, Shcp Fields' 
non-brass band, the Merry Macs. 
Sybil Bowaiv and Paul Sydell and 
Spotty all deliver in professional,: 
clicko style. 

.' Fields' musid style and tempo 
combine, for , adult entertainment, 
yet he doesn't entirely brush ofT the 
panty waists. ..There's: no -blaring and 
no bombardments, still he steams tip 
to knock out two jump arrangerrients 
like 'American Patrol' at the open- 
ing and . "i O'clock Jump' at the, 
'Cuiale. ■ For' good measure, he' also 
includes a sample of his former 
'rippling rhythiii.' after first an- 
nouncing, that he- discarded that mu- 
sic Ihcnie a' couple; of years ago. 
Aside from, a flve-rhylhrh section, 
which includes bass, drums, guitar, 
arid two pianos, his barid. is all-reed 
(sax .and clarinet ) for a total- of 14; 
pieces. 

Plus' his own excellent music. 
Fields is a straightforward I m:c. arid 
has a 'fine vocalist in pretty' Mere- 
dith Blake, singing 'Stormy Weath- 
er' arid Too Young or Too Old,' but 
she could find a more becoming 
gown than -the large-print affair she 
wore at. this catching. Other band 
specialties include a classical piece 
hinging on the electric guitarist/and 
a fine' rendition of The Lost Chord.' 
musically by the band and vocally 
by oiie of the- musicians. . • 
'The Merry Macs have two tjew 
faces since they originally, started, 
the: girl arid one of the three boys 
being replacements. This hasn't af- 
fected the ■ quartet vocally, • however, 
and they whammed at this viewing.' 
finally being', forced into- 'Pass the 
Biscuits. Mirandy,' one of their rec- 
ord clicks, for an encore. 

Sybil Bowan and her imitations 
was likewise a high-scorer, though 
she permits three stage waits while 
she's switching makeup. It might 
be belter if she walked on in- the 
'cbsluriie of her opening takeoff/ a 
Norwegian opera singer, instead of 
making the- change on: stage after 
walking on straight. Especially in 
view of the fact that her walk-ori 
gown ' is nothing to rave , about. 
Otherwise, she's doing essentially 
the same act as always, except for a - 
new special -about- a nurse's aide, 
which is primarily fgnny because of 
the broad hint about bed-pans. Per 
usual, she's closing . with: Mrs. F.D.R., 
but takes the "onus off the bit by ask- 
ing the audience to.choose^betwcen 
Mrs. Roosevelt and Gracie Fields. 
.'Paul Sydell, working balancing 
routines, first with a large .terrier, 
and then a miniature/pooch, is still 
one of the better dog' acts around, 
He's virtu'ariy opening the show arid 
an immediate applause-getter. 

. ' 1 " ''-.'■' Scho'. 



Adams, Newark 

Newark, Nov: 5. 
' Hal Mefnt'i/re Orch (14; toith 
Gloria Van, ■ Five .Grays, Jackie 
Green, Borrah ' Miiievitch's Har- 
monica Rascals (8) '; Tornado' (Par). 

' Layout" this week is loosely con- 
structed, with the vaude segment 
veering to the weakish side and put- 
ting the entertainment burden on the 
band. Mclntyre's group - projects a 
clean line of rhythm and plugs the 
gap neatly, but doesn't quite: make 
enough headway to save. the show. 

Orch is seclionally- potent and an 
iinpiovernent over the crew he broke, 
iii here last year on his brief baTid 
tour. Leader has come up with a 
brace of sidemcn hep to swing breaks 
land- kindred instrumental curlicues, 
and the unit thereby appears to have 
cut loose from its former treacle 
shackles. Although the sax depart- 
ment still holds full swav. with the 
maestro taking the. lead, there's still 
plenty of work cut out for the tramsV 
horns and rhythm division. Result 
is a smooth welding of sweet and 
solid that keeps the customers" .feel 
lapping throughout the 60-miiuite 
drill. : 

. Orch hits- the high spots with 
'Sheep's iri. the ..Meadow.'.- < with the 

■ pianist tuiiiini! in a neat 88 job. and ; 
touches the heights again with a 
Kcrii-Poi'tcr-Gershwin medley of 
"Night; and Day.' "AH the Things You 
Are' and 'Rhapsody .- in. Blue. Ar- 
rangement is a three-ply sock. 

Al Nobel' handles the male vocals 
with finesse but on the femme side 
Gloria Van . is ,a letdown! Former 
Gone Krupa warbler is new to the 
band; and is filling in for Helen Ward, 
who pulled out several weeks ago. 

Miss. Vaii dabbles vnh 'Either Too 
Young", and 'Embracable You.' ftouri'd- 
cring in : both numbei's. Makes a 
good ..appearance. ', .but' her sight 
valu'e; hardly atones for her vocal 
pretensions. '•< , . 

Working- downfi'orit: the Five 
Grays, all fernines, hold the spot with 
their precision dancing, bill engender 
only minor audience reaction. 

■ Jackie Green, .on next, comes tip 
with a threadbare: routine, including 
the visual take-offs of 'Cantor.- Jolson. 
Durante; et al. At that, his burlesque 
slulT is bcller than his gags, which, 
are out of the trunk variety. . 

Closing, the Harmonica Rascals 
manage to snare chortles, but combo 
only serves to point up. by contrast, 
the . beguiling comedy approach and 
crack ' musicianship' of Minevitch's 



original group. Current unit has a 
fat boy stooging for the standard 
half pint, with the. remainder of the 
gang -acting' as nonentities. Short 
guy. rolls up a. good personal tally 
via- mugging and prattfalls, but an- 
tics -are repetitious and could well 
be cut. '■, Joiia; • 



Onlral, Passaic 

Passaic, Nov. 6. 

'. Clyde Lucas Orch (13) featuring 
Teenie Reilly. ■ Paul .'-..Lewis' and 
Patricia Ross, Berry Bros. (2), Cliff 
Edwards. Hal Sherman; 'Sherlock 
Holmes Faces Death' tU). 



Shuttered sihee last; spring:, this 
former -indie showcase, now • under 
the aegis of. Warner. Bros., has set a 
good' getaway show whipped up only 
five days before the. house unveiled 
Friday (5). Operating .policy calls, 
for a presentation layout supple- 
mented by occasional name bands, 
a setup that gets under way. next 
week, with Buddy Page handling the 
m.c. job and a pit band furnishing 
the background for Connee Boswell, 
et al. : 

Show had one mishap opening day 
when John, Masters (and Rollins; 
sprained his ankle and act had to be 
canceled. Turn wasn't replaced ..irir 
asmuch as the three additional sup- 
pbrtirig acts were considered suf- 
ficient to back the band. 

Lucas . combo; which divides into' 
five saxes, five brasses arid three 
rhythm, gives a: good account of it- 
self: Although weakly manned in 
some "positions. Orch dispenses well 
in '.the straight idiom but goes over 
board on flossy arrangements, viz., 
'Night and Day,' an elaborate. build- 
up of the Cole Porter tune that suf- 
fers because of its pretentiousness. 
Crew is heard to better advantage in 
"When the Circus Comes to Town,'- 
a good novelty- bit, and 'Two Forty- 
Five Hop,' a hepcat 'holiday. 

Orch is vocally fortified on the 
male end, but Patty Ross, who war- 
bles 'Knock Me a Kiss,' is strictly a 
minor leaguer. 

• Berry Bros, sock across their , ec- 
centric hoofology for a sure' click 
with the supper, show crowd. Boys 
are better known here because of: 
their film work. 

- Cliff Edwards, on next, parlays his. 
vocals and uke strumming to garner 
excellent returns. Turns in four 
numbers, including" such stand-bys 
as 'Fascinatin' Rhythm,' 'What a 
Night for Spoonin',' 'When You- Wish 
Upon a -Star! ''(-his 'Pino'cchio' smash) 
and 'Paddlin' Madeline Home,' long 
a Ukelele . Ike staple. ' Could have 
stayed much - longer, but ills wise 
showmanship to leave 'em hungry 
and yelling for more: rather' than 
surfeited. . 

Closing, Hal Sherman clicks ' all 
the way and wows 'em from start to 
curtain. 'Comic's glib banter, and 
slick legwork are' top-notch; and 
guy proves, too. that he's no slouch 
in the ad lib department. . His refer- 
ences to Passaic night spots arid 
other localisms go over particularly 
big/ Digging this type of material, 
especially in the smaller towns, al- 
ways pays off. 

. Biz tepid at supper show Saturday 
night. Jpiia. 

Apollo, IV. Y. 

: Al Sears Orch (13)' uiilli Kenneth 
Preston; Ethel Waters: Li:Roy Car- 
riiiajo'n'.' Velina & Middleioti,. Tim 
Moore, Viiiiati Harris i George Wilt- 
shire